Thursday, September 22, 2011

New CPR First Aid Books Now Available

The 2011 BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED student books from the American Heart Association are now available for checkout in the Medical Library. These books accompany the course, which is available on Healthstream for employees who need to update their training. PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support books continue to be offered, too. Check the top shelf in the corner near the window, sign the check out card, and be sure to return promptly so others can use the materials.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Physician's Bill -- Life in the 19th Century American South

This new online display from the Historical Collections of the University of Virginia's Health Science Library explores life and medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the mid 19th Century, inspired by an 1848 fee schedule drawn up by 10 physicians.

“Physician Price Fixing in 19th Century Virginia”

"What would you pay for a house visit from a doctor whose office was within a mile of where you lived? How about a dollar with one prescription thrown in for good measure? Or maybe you need your tonsils out. Fifteen dollars will do it. Have a broken arm? Ten dollars will take care of setting it, unless it is a compound fracture and then it would be twice as much. A dollar will cover the extraction of a tooth."

This was a time when "ether anesthesia had just been introduced into medicine less than two years previously and chloroform just a year earlier, so painless surgery was not widely available."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

CME Credits for Your Medical Literature Searching

XtraCredit is a free iPhone app to document clinical questions you research for CME credit. Cost is $4.99 for 0.5 "AMA PRA Category 1 Credits." You provide the reason for your search, note the approved resources you investigated and describe "how this search impacted your practice."

Approved resources available via the TSRHC library include PubMed and Google Scholar, ACP Pier, JAMA, NEJM, journals from this publisher (LWW -- such as JPO and Spine), OMIM (genetics) and the National Guideline Clearing House.

Websites Referenced:
http://tsrhkids/mlibrary/ (on campus use only)