New App for Healthcare Professionals Gives the “Essentials” of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Published in August Issue             

Everything a healthcare professional needs to know about the fundamentals of bariatric and metabolic surgery is available for the first time via a free app, developed by the ASMBS Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Taskforce.

The Essentials App covers the entire continuum of care for the bariatric surgery patient before, during and after surgery. It provides the option for CME and CEU credits (for a nominal fee) for general surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, emergency physicians and primary care physicians.

Daniel B. Jones, MD

“The idea is to make it easy and free for everyone to learn the fundamentals of bariatric and metabolic surgery and gets everybody on the same page,” said Daniel B. Jones, MD, Chair, ASMBS Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Task Force. “We introduce best practices and the importance of the multidisciplinary team, informed consent and good communication.”

Through compelling visuals and audio, optimized digital layouts and easy-to read language, the Essentials App shows how to recognize common surgical complications early, provides the latest information and data about surgical methods including sleeve gastrectomy and intragastric balloons, and outlines risk management strategies.

The Essentials App is also a comprehensive resource for MBSAQIP credentialing, personnel, and facilities, top articles from SOARD, ASMBS Guidelines, case studies, best practice recommendations, and
diet recommendations.

Raul Rosenthal, MD

“With the growth of bariatric surgery and the emergence and popularity of some relatively new procedures, it is important that the range of healthcare providers that touch our patients have the most up-to-date and trustworthy information about optimal patient care,” said Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, President, ASMBS. “Everybody can get something out of this.”

Some of the modules used in the Essentials App were initially piloted via a website by Dr. Dan Jones and Dr. Stephanie B. Jones, an anesthesiologist, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The ASMBS sought to expand the content via an app about two years ago and created a multidisciplinary task force to do so. The ASMBS Foundation provided a grant.

The Essentials App is available via iTunes and the ASMBS website. The ASMBS Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Task Force will update the app throughout the year based on feedback and changes from users or new data or guidelines about metabolic and bariatric surgery.