APP to diagnose concussion!

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I know there is an APP for most things, but this really surprised me. A new app for the iPhone and iPad can help determine whether a person is suffering from a concussion.

Developed by Dr. Jason Mihalik of the University of North Carolina a brain research centre, and Dr. Justin Smith of the Childrens National Medical Centre, the Concussion Recognition Response app involves a short checklist that can be used to decide whether the person needs to seek medical attention in under 5 minutes.

The app guides users through a series of questions and can email the information to a doctor. It provides home symptom monitoring for post-injury follow-up, can track recovery to share with health care providers, and records the GPS location of each incident of documentation.

It is thought, the app would be especially useful for athletes, coaches and parents whose children are involved in sports. It costs $3.99, a portion of which is donated to support concussion research.

I do not believe that the app is available in the UK and would have real concerns if it become commonly available.  Concussion can have serious consequences and there is no substitute for seeking urgent medical attention in person with your GP,  local A&E or walk in medical centre.

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