In support of federal efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey, AHRQ has reissued a pair of resources to help public health officials and clinicians ensure that patients receive medical services under challenging circumstances. The Surge Toolkit and Facility Checklist provides practical tools for opening shuttered hospitals when an emergency is underway and additional facilities are needed for treating patients. In addition, AHRQ has reissued Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide, a resource to help officials confirm when it’s necessary to evacuate a medical facility regardless of its usefulness in providing patient care. These resources are available on a new AHRQ Web page devoted to these tools and others. Access a new blog post by AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., to learn more about AHRQ’s recovery resources. For more details about federal recovery activities, access the HHS website. /da
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are continuing their partnership in the quest to preserve print copies of biomedical journal titles through the medical serials print retention program (MedPrint.) Realizing that we may not always have access to digitized articles, the NLM and many medical libraries have partnered to preserve print copies of a group of core biomedical journal titles.
The program is cooperative and voluntary and those libraries choosing to participate do not receive funding from the NLM for storage or maintenance. The NLM has seven guidelines for libraries interested in participating. Among the more notable points are a time commitment to hold a title (25 years) and that a MedPrint library has to be a DOCLINE participant. If your library has a large collection of titles and you wish to learn more about the program you may visit the MedPrint home page. [jh]
From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB discussion group list:
Hurricane Harvey is expected to be Category 3 when it hits land off the Gulf of Mexico, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Texas and Louisiana coast. To help you prepare and respond with authoritative health information, below are links to our information guides for Hurricanes and Floods. You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own website, by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.
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OpiRescue is a free overdose support tool provided by OpiSafe. The recommended steps for responding to an overdose provided in this application have been developed by SAMHSA and are publicly available in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has opened up access to their below peer-reviewed journals through August 31, 2017:
The NNLM membership certificates for renewing members have arrived in the RML office in Salt Lake City. Those will be mailed to renewing members in the near future. We will alert members when they have been mailed. The certificates will be mailed only to those who renewed their NNLM memberships.
If your institution did not yet renew, there is still time. You will just need to take less than 10 minutes to fill out a form online. Please click HERE to start that process. After you do that, we will send a membership certificate in the mail along with current information about our services.
Please contact us if you’ve any questions about your institution’s membership status or how to renew your NNLM membership.
Congratulations to Network members, Mabee Learning Commons of the MidAmerica Nazarene University and Eccles Health Sciences Library of the University of Utah! Each of these libraries is a recipient of one of the NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Awards.
Bruce Flanders, Coordinator of the Mabee Learning Commons and Director of the Mabee Library, is leading an collaboration to “empower students to make more informed and healthy lifestyle choices and have a stronger sense of identity within the university community.” They are using students as well as instructors to develop content for a flat screen display.
Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian, will establish a virtual reality space within the Eccles Library to “experiment with VR, discover its capabilities, use VR patient and student education modules, and learn to develop VR” products.
It’s not too early to think about applying for a 2018 Technology Improvement Award. See our web site for information. /ch
The NAS recently launched a study on how to move “toward an open science enterprise.” This is to support the acceleration of scientific progress through the creation of important tools to give wide access to scientific research results and supporting data. The NAS Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) ad hoc committee will lead this 1.5 year study that explores broadening access to scientific research results data.