Hey! I hope everyone is doing well.
I think there is an essential feature missing from AMBOSS, that is: reference laboratory values. These are only available when you're doing a qbank. Sometimes when I'm on the ward and I want to check reference ranges real quick, it takes me ages to find something reliable on Google.
It would be great if AMBOSS enlists a new tab under Clinical resources, right under "flowcharts", "calculators", and "clinical guidelines" for reference lab values.
I imagine having that tab displayed in the following way would maximize benefit:
1- The default view is a large table, each row representing a particular lab value (eg Sodium, Potassium, etc)
2- The columns represent units. So one column for mg/dL, one column for mmol, etc. And in each cell, there is the reference in numbers of that unit (as different units are used around the world).
3- For each row header or column header, there would be a star button maybe? For the user's favorite lab results and/or units. This way, if I set only a few lab values as favorites and choose the preferred unit as my hospital's, it will make access much faster without me having to browse a massive table.
Another missing feature is "how high is high" or "how low is low". For example, let's say I am a fresh, totally oblivious medical student and I have a family member showing me their lab result that shows their RBS is 101. If I look that up in the table, well yeah that's high. But how high is high? Is it serious? Should I be concerned? Is 101 as concerning as 400? etc.
I think this particularly applies to liver enzymes, bilirubin, etc. But also to other electrolyte abnormalities as well. Also to CRP. Often times on rounds, I would tell the attending "the patient's CRP is high" and the doctor would be like "yeah it's only mildly high, it's not concerning"... how does he know? well, experience 🤷🏻♀️.. but, how can I know? Do I have to ask my attending every time to tell me what is a "concerning" level for each lab value?
I'm not sure how this feature can be added--maybe either to the table (like if you hover over the cell maybe? or if you enter a particular value and it tells you if it's "mildly high" or "very high"? or have multiple ranges of different colors, from green to red?) or in the article itself as a comment next to the corresponding line under diagnostics (eg bilirubin higher than X).
That's all. I think this would be a simple yet great addition. Thank you!