Ep 168: A Free App Created to Improve Anesthesia

Time is of the essence in the operating room, and it’s important that you’re able to track down the information you need as quickly as possible. Thanks to technology, this process is becoming much more efficient. Today we’ll introduce you to Matthew Willis, DNP, CRNA, the person who developed, coded, and maintains the educational app Master Anesthesia. Find out how this app is changing the way nurse anesthetists are able to track down information and make instant calculations right from their phones.  

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Technology continues to change the way healthcare professionals are able to their job, and a new anesthesia app is saving time in the operating room.

Matthew Willis, DNP, CRAN has spent the past few years developing the Master Anesthesia app while working as a CRNA. Not only did he develop the idea but also coded the app when he had free time between work and family. Now the app is out and being adopted by professionals across the country.

On this episode, we want to learn more about the app and its purpose in the OR. As Willis explains, he wants to make it easier for CRNAs to find answers in a clinical setting within 3-5 minutes. Not only does the app provide textbook answers, but it also allows nurse anesthetists to input their own experiences as well.

Check out the full conversation using the audio player above.

As you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • The premise behind the app and what it’s hoping to accomplish
  • How often information gets challenged in the app.
  • How he developed the app on his own and the time it took to code.
  • Free Open-Access Medical (FOAM) Education
  • Why he’s doing all this for free?
  • What all the different tabs within the app can do.
  • The calculator function and why it’s so helpful.
  • The vision he has for the app in the future.
  • How CRNAs can get involved and stay in the loop.

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

2:35 – What we’re talking about

3:53 – Matthew’s background  

5:26 – What the app does  

9:25 – Developing the app

12:50 – Why provide all this for free?

19:38 – How long did the coding take

23:45 – Capabilities of the app

25:49 – The calculator  

29:22 – The future of the app

31:49 – His costs

33:42 – How can CRNAs get involved

“The primary premise is to find answers in the clinical setting. Doing that, sometimes, is really difficult.”

-Matthew Willis, DNP, CRNA





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