Aspiration Disorders app

This app is a visual guide to learning about aspiration disorders. This app is unlikely to have any benefit to consumers if used outside of a consultation with a speech language therapist.

Aspiration Disorders By Blue Tree Publishing
  • Anatomical illustrations
  • Videos
  • Animations

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  • collect medical information: Unknown
  • require a login: No
  • have password protection: No
  • have a privacy policy: No
  • require internet access: No
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What does the app do?

The Aspiration Disorders app has features to help health professionals teach patients about aspiration swallowing disorders. The app has drawings and pictures of what happens during normal swallowing and during aspiration disorders. Aspiration happens when food or liquids from the stomach are breathed into the airways. It causes coughing and chocking and if the aspirated contents reaches the lungs, it can cause a serious condition called aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration disorders are more likely in people who have swallowing difficulties.

The language and illustrations in this app are quite technical. Consequently it is unlikely to have any benefit to consumers if used outside of a consultation with a speech language therapist.
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✔ Pictures and videos of four different swallows: normal (no food/drink entered the airway), aspiration (entered the airway), silent (entered the airway wi0074hout a cough), and penetration/cough (stops just short of entering the airway).

✔ Each swallow has a picture, animation, barium swallow view and an endoscopic view (FEES).

✔ The user can draw over any of the pictures and videos.

✘ Extremely poor readability. The app description says it is targeted to both students and patients. However, it uses very high-level medical language which would require prior medical training to understand. It has a Flesch readability score of 22 (scale is 0 to 100, with 0 being very confusing/difficult, and 100 being very easy)

✘ Medical words are not clickable for explanations, and there is no glossary.

✘ For Apple devices only; no android version

Costs $4.99 with no free version.

Review details

Date of review: August 2019
Platform reviewed: Apple
Version: 1.3
Download size: 54.6 MB
Updated on: 28/09/2017

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Reviewed By: Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, FRNZCGP Last reviewed: 16 Aug 2019