Apps for Disaster Information Management

DIMRCThe Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is an online resource developed by the National Library of Medicine to provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The site aims to “connect people to quality disaster health information and foster a culture of community resiliency.”

The site offers access to databases, literature, and training that is useful for healthcare providers who might be involved in the first response after a disaster. They provide a list of emergency response tools and apps designed to keep mobile users connected to important information and resources in the event of a disaster.

Of particular interest is Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER can access information on over 400 chemicals and radiologic agents to  help responders identify hazardous materials and respond to chemical emergencies. Notably, it is available as a standalone download so an internet connection is not needed to access information.

National Jewish Archival Videos Now Available to View

Two promotional videos from the National Jewish archives have been digitized and are available for viewing. These videos are also available for viewing on the library’s patient and visitor resource guide, under the History tab.

 “Forty Years of Human Service: The Work of the National Jewish Hospital” (1939)

This promotional video from the archives, narrated by Paul Felix Warburg, National Jewish’s Vice President at the time, showcases National Jewish’s campus, facilities, physicians, researchers, and patients. The hospital’s “thoroughly modern equipment” is highlighted, including an X-ray and fluoroscope for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.

Viewers can see snippets of research conducted under Dr. Harry J. Corper, including the culture of tubercle bacilli on potatoes. The enduring importance of individualized treatment is stressed as the video shows patients receiving special medical treatments, vocational therapy, and tailored care.

Children were admitted from all over the country for treatment and rehabilitation in the Colorado air. Often, parents were unable to fully care for their children’s illness and sent them to National Jewish for residential treatment. This video was part of a campaign for donations so that National Jewish could continue offering care free of charge to all patients.

“The Fight for Health” (c. 1946)

This 1945 promotional video highlights the work of National Jewish to raise $3.5 million for construction of three new buildings on campus. The video shows clinical work, such as the use of an X-ray, fluoroscope, and echocardiograph, as well as surgical procedures.

Research done at this time included sputum testing. This video shows the preparation of samples using a centrifuge, slide stains, and microscopes.

The video emphasizes patient recovery, and rehabilitating long-term patients with vocational skills was a major part of National Jewish’s program. Did you know patients created leather wallets, learned woodworking, and even performed radio shows out of the hospital?

New 2015 Pharmacology Books Now Available

New Handbooks 2015 longThese just in! The library has the newest editions of the following handbooks:

  • Geriatric Dosage Handbook, 21st Edition
  • Drug Information Handbook, 24th Edition
  • Drug Information Handbook for Oncology, 13th Edition
  • Drug Information Handbook for Nursing, 17th Edition
  • Drug Information Handbook for Advanced Practice Nursing, 16th Edition
  • Pediatric & Neonatal Dosage Handbook, 22nd Edition

All of these can all be found in our library’s reference section. Visit us in Goodman K104 to see these and more print references in our collection.

Why is ORCID important to authors?

ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications. ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers.

orcid-logoConnecting Research and Researchers

As researchers and scholars, you face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those of others with similar names. You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, and patents.

You can connect your ORCID account with websites including Web of Science, PNAS and many others. Once they’re connected, you can easily push information back and forth between services–meaning that a complete ORCID record will allow you to automatically import the same information to multiple places, rather than having to enter the same information over and over again on different websites.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID reaches across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry.

Linking to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Link directly to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the Toxicology module in Lexicomp Online to access categorical information for hazardous drugs that require MSDS, supporting Joint Commission accreditation requirements. MSDS information may include:
■     Chemical and generic name of the ingredients
■     Chemical and physical properties of the substances
■     Health hazard information
■     Precautions for safe use and handling
■     Manufacturer’s contact information

The MSDS database enables users to search by manufacturer, drug name or ingredient. Lexicomp Online users can now link to this content through Lexi-Tox.

Browser Advice for NCBI Web Pages

NCBI error

If you are having trouble accessing PubMed or other NCBI websites, you might check what browser you are using. Internet Explorer in particular may be showing sites with visual glitches or other functionality issues. The NCBI notes that their website fully supports “the current release of Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and the previous two versions. It also supports IE9 and above.” The NCBI will actively work to identify and fix bugs only on supported browsers. If you’re working with an outdated browser and are encountering any problems we recommend downloading and installing the latest version. This link to  Browser Advice for CBI Web Pages has additional information and advice on troubleshooting other browser issues.

Book by Morgridge Academy Students Available for Check Out

Everything is a song

Everything is a Song: Our Stories was published earlier this year and features essays written by National Jewish Health’s Morgridge Academy middle school students. Tucker Medical Library received two donated copies of the book, each signed by the student authors. Copies can be found in the general stacks as well as the Health Information Center and are available to be checked out. Check our catalog for updated availability.