Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cochrane Evidence Aid: Resources for Earthquake and Storm Recovery

Emergency fracture and physical trauma care, wound therapy, and use of lay workers are some of the systematic review topics currently being offered free by Cochrane Evidence Aid: Resources for Earthquakes in response to the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines. Decision-makers will appreciate these evidence-based systematic Cochrane Reviews that evaluate “healthcare topics that have been identified as important in the aftermath of a major earthquake.”

11-13-2013 update: sadly, the Philippines has also been struck by Typhoon Haiyan. In response, Evidence Aid is now offering storm-related resources, too.

"Evidence Aid seeks to highlight which interventions work, which don’t work, which need more research, and which, no matter how well meaning, might be harmful; and to provide this information to agencies and people planning for, or responding to, disasters."

Websites ReferencedEvidence Aid
Cochrane Library
Philippines earthquake 10-16-2013
Storm Disaster Recovery Resources

Monday, October 7, 2013

Clinical Orthopaedics / CORR - Backfile Now Available

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research is now available to staff online back through number 1, 1953! At that time the title was Clinical Orthopaedics. You can find the journal through the Medical Library's A to Z list. Just type clinical orthopaedics in the search box and you'll reach both titles. There was a title change in 1963 and a publisher change in 2008, so there are several links in the list.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

ERIC database available through EBSCO

The ERIC database will not be available at its normal government-run site during the government shutdown. However, EBSCO Information Services is temporarily making its version of ERIC's abstracting and indexing content available as a free service. Full text is not available due to the shutdown.

Users going to EBSCO's ERIC will see other free databases listed including Teacher Reference Center™ and GreenFILE™.

Thanks, EBSCO!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

MEDLINE and ILL during the Government Shutdown

According to the PubMed website today: "PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at"

However, the National Library of Medicine is now shut down. Since the MEDLINE database is what both PubMed and EBSCO MEDLINE are based on, new data entry will probably also be on hold. Interlibrary loans normally available from collections of government libraries will not be available, so costs may increase on some requests.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TSRHC True Classics!

Papers by our own Tony Herring, Steve Richards, Mauricio Delgado and Richard Browne are included in the list of "100 Classic Papers of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery" released today in the latest issue of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. According to the analysis, Dr. Herring's article from 1992 called "The lateral pillar classification of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease" was number 46 in the list, cited 142 times. Dr. Herring's name is the only one that actually shows up in the list since it includes only first authors, but Dr. Browne was a co-author.

However, looking closer reveals that a paper by Dr. Delgado stands at number 39 -- "Recommendations on the use of botulinum toxin type A in the management of cerebral palsy" published in 2000. In 40th place is a 1993 paper by Dr. Richards called "Acute slipped capital femoral epiphysis: the importance of physeal stability."

Congratulations on being a true "classic"!

The 100 Classic Papers of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery: A Bibliometric Analysis
R.G. Kavanagh, MB BCh, BAO, BSc, MRCSI; J.C. Kelly, MB BCh, BAO, MSc, MD, MRCSI; P.M. Kelly, FRCSI; D.P. Moore, MCh(Orth), FRCSI
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2013 Sep 18;95(18):e134 1. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.01681.

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Herring & Browne:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crisis Standards of Care: A Toolkit for Indicators and Triggers

Standards of care during a crisis is the topic of a newly released pre-publication report by the Institute of Medicine. Crisis Standards of Care: A Toolkit for Indicators and Triggers, National Academies Press, 2013, is a free 217 page, 2.7 MB download.

“This report focuses on indicators (measurements or predictors of change in demand for health care services or availability of resources) and triggers (decision points about adaptations to health care service delivery) that guide operational decision making about providing care during public health and medical emergencies and disasters. It includes a discussion toolkit designed to facilitate discussions about indicators and triggers within and across health care organizations, health care coalitions, emergency response agencies, and jurisdictions." p.xi

This and related documents are included in the Resource Guide database at DIMRC, the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

POSNA Archives Finding Aid

Here's the latest update to the POSNA Archive finding aid. It includes a recent donation from the estate of Dr. George Simons. Please use Chrome if you have any problems accessing this document.

POSNA Finding Aid 5-2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Genetics Resources

Genetics information aimed at health care consumers is available at Genetics Home Reference. High school students and teachers are the focus of the information offered on GeneEd Web. Both sites provide materials understandable to someone wanting an overview or beginning a study of genetics. They were created by the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Institute.

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“Point to Talk” to Your Patient

“Point to Talk” is a handy list of written questions in about 20 languages that help a patient and caregiver communicate when language is a barrier. Simply point to the appropriate question and the patient can point to the answer. Click on a language on the Point to Talk page to find the "Discomforts and Requests" sheet, offered as a free online sample. The lengthier AHA award-winning booklets “English in the Hospital” include illustrations and many more topics, and are available for purchase from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Linked with permission of MGH Interpreter Services. For more foreign language and culture resources see the Medical Library website. Please call Family Services for TSRHC interpreter assistance.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

PubMed Central "author manuscript" version

In PubMed I sometimes see a link to PMC, PubMed Central, that includes the phrase "author manuscript." Is that article the same as as the version that was published in a journal?

NIH Public Access policy requires "all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication."
The author manuscript version does not look like the pages from the actual journal and usually does not show final page numbers, but it is supposed to be the final version. Many publishers do make the article itself available after publication and those include the journal page numbers. Although freely accessible, articles in PMC are still covered by copyright.

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