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Backup strategies for your Vaper logbook

Apple seems to have made backing up your iOS device more and more complicated: What’s the difference between ‘backing up’ and ‘syncing’? Should you back up to a PC or iCloud? If backing up to a PC, should it be wirelessly or with a wired...

Heart bleed. Who’s been affected?

If you thought the Heart Bleed bug was a storm in a teacup (remember the Millennium bug), think again.  Here’s a small list of sites that have admitted to being affected although, due to the nature of the bug, it’s hard (think ‘impossible’) to...

Heart bleed. Heart attack?

So what’s all this about the Heart Bleed bug that everyone’s talking about? In brief The Heart Bleed bug is a bug accidentally written into encryption software (OpenSSL) – unless you believe in conspiracy theories OpenSSL is used on many computers...

Windows XP End-Of-Lifed

After 8th April, 2014 Microsoft will be ceasing support for Windows XP. The software will continue to work on PCs (after all, they can’t electronically yank it off your computers – well, not yet, anyway) but importantly there will be no more security...

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and wishing you a safe and Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2013 with some exciting software developments in progress.

Vaper update: running again

Vaper 3.5 – available via the AppStore – improves compatibility with iOS 6.  This is a recommended update for all users with iOS 6.0 or greater on their devices. The newest iOS update necessitated a significant code rewrite/update to bring the app up to...

Vaper running slow on iOS6

If you’ve recently upgraded to iOS6 and Vaper is getting slower and slower, the following may help you:   Many users have noticed significant slow downs in many of the apps they use on a regular basis: try searching for ‘iOS6 slow’ on Google and...

PocketMBS, PocketRVG and iOS6

Updates for PocketMBS and PocketRVG are awaiting Apple approval currently. These free updates will be available via the AppStore soon.

Vaper 3.1 now available for download

The latest maintenance release of Vaper has just been released and is available via the AppStore.  It contains some bug fixes and just a few UI changes.  Recommended update for all users.

Successful installation

Adelaide Anaesthetic Services, the largest group of private anaesthetists in South Australia, has agreed to purchase VaperTrail – the innovative anaesthesia practice management software that has been in pilot for the last few months. AAS have now reduced the...

Vaper 3.0 features

Although there have been lots of improvements, tweaks and features added to Vaper 3.0, perhaps the biggest new inclusion is the ability to take photos and store them within the logbook.  Take a...

VaperTrail

After over 18 months of planning and development, VaperTrail – practice management software for Anaesthetists in private practice – has been fully installed at Adelaide Anaesthetic Services (AAS). The pilot began on 14th March and all the elements of the...

ANZCA and Trainee Logbooks

ANZCA’s recent December 2011 Bulletin has further confirmation that all trainees on Australasian Anaesthetic Training Schemes will be required to keep a logbook of their cases from 2013, as part of the College’s new revised curriculum. Trainees will be...

Vaper 2.0: a roundup

It’s now been 3 months since the release of Vaper 2.0 so it seems like a good time for a roundup of what’s been happening. The latest release has been taken up avidly with the app now rising into the top 50 medical paid apps on the App Store.  Thank-you...

Vaper 2.0: Nine top new features

It’s been a fair while since the last update to Vaper (April 2011) but there have been some exciting new developments and features added to the programme.  Although there have been many additions and improvements, here is a quick walk through of the top nine...

Vaper: finding and backing up your database

Even though your patient records are backed up to your PC every time you ‘sync’ to iTunes, you weren’t able to easily see the database file (as it was encrypted and stored within iTunes’ own backup system). Until now.  From Vaper 1.1.6 onwards,...

A long time between drinks?

Well, it’s been a long time between blog posts but a fair bit of water has flown under my personal bridge. On 31st July, I had a fall (BAC 0.00 in case anyone was wondering) and fractured my first cervical vertebra (C1) with instability of C1 on C2.  In...

Four Corners, DePuy and Articular Surface Replacement hips

If you didn’t see the Four Corners story on ABC television about Articular Surface Replacement hips, now would be a good time to catch it.  Still available on iView , it offers a patient’s eye view of the suffering involved when DePuy ASR hips fail. Firmly...

Hands up, all those still using Thiopentone …

The story so far… Hospira – currently the only registered marketer and supplier of Sodium Thiopentone in Australia – stopped making its version, “Pentothal“, at its US plant because of an unspecified raw material supply problem. When...

iPad2: harder, faster, leaner, meaner

So the Steve Jobs’ reality-distortion-field has lifted and through the haze is visible the next-generation iPad.  Did the revelations at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Franscisco, satiate our longing for a new iDevice? What’s in: harder,...

“The worst drug in history”?

I was manufactured by Eli Lilly and first approved for release in the 1950’s. I have been used millions of times by millions of patients all over the world. I was withdrawn in the United Kingdom in 2007 because of concerns about increased risk of death in...

2011: the year of the iPad?

Apple has sent out invitations to a special event on March 2nd.  With an image of an iPad behind a peeling calendar date and the teaser “Come and see what 2011 will be the year of.” – a play on the analysts predicting that 2011 would be the year of...

More info on MBS item #55054

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) has been hard at work trying to improve anaesthesia items in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).  However, many of their arguments appear to have fallen on deaf ears at the Department of Health and Ageing (DHA), where...

Disappointment re. #55054

It is very disappointing that the DHA has indicated that they will be withdrawing funding and restricting access to item 55054 (the ‘ultrasound-block’ number) for Anaesthesia.  Watch out for news about this…

Pocket MBS/RVG: fee sorting

When viewing item numbers in a particular group (eg Professional Attendances -> Other Non-referred), touch the ‘fee sort‘ button – top right of the navigation bar – to sort the item numbers by fee, with the highest fees at the top of the...

Welcome

Welcome to Vaper Software and a new website. Please feel free to contact at any time with questions, comments or suggestions about any of the software.  Your feedback is very important and has already resulted in changes to all the apps. If you like the apps, please...