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Free Access to Ebola Special Issue

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal continues to provide free access to all articles in the Ebola special issue. The journal is still receiving papers, which will be published as soon as possible after review. Intending authors can submit their manuscripts online. A print version will be made available in Spring 2015.

Top 100 Altmetrics papers for 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Here’s the Top 100 Altmetrics List for 2014 – the 100 papers with the highest scores as calculated by Altmetrics.

http://www.altmetric.com/top100/2014/?utm_source=announcement&utm_medium=emails&utm_term=2014top100&utm_campaign=top1002014emails

Hospitals Designated as Ebola Treatment Centers

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 hospitals have been designated by state health officials as Ebola treatment centers that are prepared, trained, and ready to provide care for a patient with Ebola.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guidance document that serves as an overarching framework for three other specific CDC guidance documents. These will assist state and local health departments, acute care hospitals, and other emergency care settings (including urgent care clinics) develop preparedness plans for patients with possible Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). You can find these documents and others from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and others working in the Ebola response efforts in the National Library of Medicine Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=45&search.y=11&search=Search

For more details on the announcement:

NLM Resource Update: Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Website

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The following updates and changes were announced in November, 2014, for the National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website:

  1. Initial Actions for Responders after Nuclear Detonation: First Receivers: Emergency Department Staff and First Responders: Emergency Medical Service Staff.
  2. Multimedia: many new videos and graphics including 13 new teaching videos from DOE / Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) available on the REMM web site and REMM YouTube channel. Also links to various new CDC teaching materials, such as Videos: Radiation Basics Made Simple.
  3. Protective Actions and Protective Action Guides: page redone with re-organized information and tables. EPA PAG Manual Interim Guidance included.
  4. Burn Triage and Treatment: Thermal Injuries includes links to new references for managing burns in mass casualty incidents with austere conditions.
  5. Legal Advisors for Medical Response to Mass Casualty Incident: new references and 2 new sections including assessment of state and local laws regarding management of persons during radiation incidents including legal authority to decontaminate and quarantine (CDC and partners).
  6. Nuclear Detonation: Weapons, Improvised Nuclear Devices Key References entire list re-organized and updated, including Medical Issues: Planning and Response Practical Guidance and updated Blast injury references.
  7. Dictionary of Radiation Terms: 2 new key references, NCRP Glossary of Radiation Terms and NCRP Acronyms List.
  8. Biodosimetry References updated and re-organized.
  9. Software Tools for Radiation Incident Response includes additional applications listed for biodosimetry, managing incidents, and recording radiation levels.
  10. Incident Command System and Hospital (Emergency) Incident Command System page re-organized with links to HICS, Fifth edition, 2014, expanded to meet the needs of all hospitals, regardless of their size, location or patient care capabilities.
  11. Mental Health Professionals now includes updated references on Psychological First Aid.

Workshop Webcast: Immunology of Protection from Ebola Virus Infection

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Friday, December 12th, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm ET

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are co-sponsoring a workshop, entitled “Immunology of Protection from Ebola Virus Infection.” The purpose of this workshop is to discuss important aspects of Ebola virus and vaccine immunology in order to inform future clinical, scientific and regulatory decision-making related to vaccines against Ebola. The in-person workshop registration is closed, but the webcast is open to all.

View Webcast: http://videocast.nih.gov/default.asp

More information: http://www.fda.gov/EmergencyPreparedness/Counterterrorism/MedicalCountermeasures/AboutMCMi/ucm424037.htm

National Technical Reports Newsletter: Ebola Virus

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The November 2014 issue may be viewed online at http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/NTRNews7-5.pdf.

This issue features a sampling of new and historic information available from NTIS via the NTRL website  related to the topic of Ebola Virus.

The NTRL provides access to the NTIS content collection.  It contains over 3 million records with over 800K full-text reports. The NTRL is updated each week with newly acquired information, and recently digitized existing content. It is the most convenient and economical means of accessing the most comprehensive library of federally produced scientific and technical information available today.

Gregory G. Guthrie

Program Manager

National Technical Reports Library

National Technical Information Service

US Department of Commerce

gguthrie@ntis.gov

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All of us in MAR would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Sue Burke, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, Missy Harvey, and Tristan Lucchetti

Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

What’s New on REMM?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

NLM has announced a new version of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site. View updates and changes in the November News.

Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Symposium: Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic. Hosted by Columbia University Club.

December 1, 2014 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET) in New York or via webcast.

Registration required to attend in-person.