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Archive for May, 2014

MAR Announces a New Array of Classes

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

As of May 1st, we started the 4th year of our contract. We have updated our LibGuide with details for all of the classes we can potentially offer for the year. You will see classes arranged using many of the same audience groups found on our MAR website:

You will find classes for the following audiences and subject areas:

Many classes are listed under multiple subjects, depending on the content.             Here is our current Course Schedule. If your organization is interested in having MAR offer a particular class, please email us at

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has suspended enrollment for the clinical study BMT CTN 0901 conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) after preliminary data appeared to show benefit for one approach to the intensity of conditioning for allogeneic stem cell transplantations in patients eligible for the study:

50th Anniversary of the Regional Medical Library Program

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

A fun Friday afternoon post (with video clip) about the Regional Medical Programs on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the legislation:

There’s also a great article about the history of the RML: PMID 3315058 (free).

Recordings of the NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

New Web Site for NLM TOXMAP

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released a new TOXMAP Web site. It is accessible at

How are Librarians Using the Value Study?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Many of you may have attended one of the Value Study presentations or posters at MLA. One of the PI’s of the study, Julia Sollenberger has been collecting stories of how librarians have used the Value Study results, JMLA article or JAMA article for advocacy within their institution. Many of these stories are powerful and encouraging!               NN/LM MAR will be hosting an upcoming webinar open to all for Julia to share all these stories, but she needs more!

Librarians are encouraged to send their stories to

Please share any advocacy story surrounding the study, big or small, all advocacy can make a difference!

For more information on the Value Study, news and publications, see:

Stay tuned for the date of this upcoming webinar as well as two new articles to follow in upcoming issues of Online Journal of Issues in Nursing and the International Journal of Health Care Quality Management.

NN/LM Request for Information

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):         

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.

Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

A River Runs Through It: 3 Lessons from the West Virginia Water Emergency

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 12, 2014

Mark Crafton, MPA, MT(ASCP)
Executive Director, Communications and External Relations

Last month, Joint Commission staff had the privilege of meeting with seven West Virginia hospitals to discuss how they handled the week-long water emergency resulting from the chemical spill in the Elk River – the primary water source for not only Charleston but the surrounding eight-county area.  The purpose of the meeting, coordinated by my friend and colleague Jim Kranz at the West Virginia Hospital Association, was to identify lessons learned that might help hospitals faced with a similar emergency in the future.  Another goal was to assess which Joint Commission standards were particularly helpful at preparing the hospitals to deal with the loss of water for consumption, equipment sterilization, laundry and dialysis, as well as which standards might need to be modified to better prepare organizations for such an event.  This entry describes some of the important themes from that disaster debriefing.

Lesson 1:  Hospitals should not only plan for emergencies that might directly impact their immediate area, but also consider emergencies that may impact their suppliers of critical services located in adjacent communities.  A couple of the hospitals at the debriefing were not under the “do not use” water directive because they received their water from a different supplier.  However, those hospitals were still impacted because their supplier of laundry services was within the impacted area.  Thus, the hospitals needed to quickly make alternate plans to ensure their supply of clean linen continued uninterrupted.  This concept of considering the impact of potential emergencies on contracted service providers adds a level of complexity to an organization’s Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, but the work is worth it, based upon the recent experience in West Virginia.

Lesson 2:  People will always gravitate to the local hospital during a community crisis.  During the onset of the water emergency, state and local public health agencies sent non-stop messages through the media, telling the community where to go (e.g., schools, churches, shopping centers) to obtain water for drinking and cooking.  Hospitals reinforced this message on their websites and through social media.  However, people still showed up at their local hospital, assuming that water would be available for distribution.  We have observed this phenomenon in virtually every disaster debriefing.  Whether it was a hurricane, power outage, tornado or act of terrorism, when in need, people will follow the blue “H” sign looking for warmth, shelter, food, electricity or in this case, water.  Disaster plans need to reflect this inevitability.

Lesson 3:  Improvisational skills are mandatory during an emergency.  For the most part, hospitals were able to quickly obtain water from various public and private sources.  However, the challenge came when trying to figure out how to get water from a tanker truck, into their piping system, and up to patient care areas throughout the hospital.  Building engineers and facility managers at the hospitals demonstrated incredible ingenuity, creativity and innovation in crafting together delivery systems that would get water to where it was needed, with sufficient pressure to operate various types of medical equipment.  In one instance, a hospital teamed up with its dialysis provider and the local fire department to pressurize the system so that patient care could continue uninterrupted.  This type of problem-solving under duress is a unique characteristic that exemplifies organizations that are able to weather the storm during any emergency.  High reliability experts would call this “organizational resiliency.”  Whatever you call it, they have it in West Virginia, and we need to figure out how to bottle it and spread it to other health care organizations.

Patricia Reynolds

Director, Bishopric Medical Library

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1700 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota FL 34239


941-917-1646 – fax

Office of Minority Health Grant Programs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Libraries may want to look at partnering with their community organizations on programs.  You also can sign up for our newsletter for updates and additional announcements, the link is located on our homepage.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. The following grant announcements have been posted for applications for FY 2014.  See full description and June 2014 deadlines at

Opportunity Title: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative
Opportunity Title:  Minority Youth Violence Prevention:  Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP)
Opportunity Title: Youth Empowerment Program II (YEP II)
Opportunity Title: HIV/AIDS Initiative for Minority Men (AIMM)

Improved Planning for Vulnerable Populations through Use of Closed PODs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Webinar: Improved Planning for Vulnerable Populations through Use of Closed PODs***

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Thursday, June 5th, 2:30-4:00 pm ET
This webinar will explore how local health departments from St Paul- Ramsey County, MN, and Oakland County, MI, utilize closed Points of Dispensing to improve emergency planning for vulnerable populations. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about new resources and tools developed by NACCHO’s Health and Disability team.