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"To do successful research, you don't need to know everything, you just need to know one thing that isn't known."
Arthur Leonard Schawlow


Transplant Library - new resource!

The Transplant Library, produced by the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation, provides access to high quality evidence-based information on all aspects of solid organ transplantation. It includes all randomized controlled trials from the earliest record, including many congress abstracts and selected systematic reviews from 2008. RCTs published from 2004 have been given a methodological quality rating.

The Transplant Library can be accessed from the Library Hub page under "Decision Support or Point-of-Care Tools".


Dementia and delirium - a better way to care

Improving the safety and quality of care for patients with cognitive impairment (dementia and delirium) is the focus of new resources launched this week by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. These resources describe a pathway to improve the early recognition and response to patients with cognitive impairment.

Commission chair Professor Villis Marshall stated "patients with dementia are two times more likely to experience falls, pressure injuries or acquire infections while they are in hospital. They are also six times more likely to develop delirium".

The resource provides evidence-based actions for clinicians and is available as an interactive e-resource or downloadable as a PDF and will be provided as an App in 2015.

Source: A better way to care: Safe and high-quality care for patients with cognitive impairment (dementia and delirium) in hospital.


Taking a 'Best Possible Medication History'

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and NPS MedicineWise have developed an online learning module on taking an accurate and complete medication history when patients are admitted to hospital.
Get It Right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History is designed for junior medical officers, nursing and pharmacy staff and uses a video to guide clinicians on how to obtain and record a best possible medication history (BPMH). The module explains what information should be recorded, why at least two sources of information are used to obtain the BPMH and the reasoning behind how medication history taking techniques can influence the accuracy of the history obtained.

Source: Get it Right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History


Clinical guidelines - when to update?

Researchers have developed a strategy to assess the validity of clinical guideline recommendations to estimate how long it takes for recommendations to become outdated.

92% of the recommendations were valid 1 year after their development but this probability decreased in subsequent years to 77.8% after 4 years. The authors conclude that "recommendations quickly become outdated, with 1 out of 5 recommendations being out of date after 3 years. Waiting more than 3 years to review a guideline is potentially too long."

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, published ahead of print 8 September 2014.


Acute heart failure: NICE guideline

Released in October 2014, this guideline covers the care of adults who have a diagnosis of acute heart failure, have possible acute heart failure, or are being investigated for acute heart failure. It includes the use of ventilatory support and pharmacological therapy, the role of specialist management units, and the role of early natriuretic peptide testing.

Source:NICE guidelines - Clinical guideline 187, October 2014.

Further reading:

The recommendations from this guideline have been incorporated into a NICE pathway.

A BMJ summary of the new guideline is also available: BMJ October 2014; 349:g5695


New books on display @ Austin

New books:

OSCEs at a glance / Adrian Blundell, Richard Harrison. 2nd edition. Wiley Blackwell, 2013.

Supporting young women who have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) : project report / Mercy Hospital for Women, 2014.

New electronic books:

Care of military service members, veterans and their families / edited by Stephen J. Cozza, Matthew N. Goldenberg, Robert J. Ursano.  American Psychiatric Publishing, 2014.

Integrated care : working at the interface of primary care and behavioral health / edited by Lori E. Raney. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2014. - BRN 25665

Now available online:

Management of adults with traumatic brain injury / edited by David E. Arciniegas et al [et al.]. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2014. - BRN 25193

New books on display can be reserved by contacting the library.


New journals

The following journal titles received this week are only available in print format in the library:

Journal of sexual medicine. Vol. 11, no. 9; Vol. 11, Suppl. 5, September 2014.

Nature. Vol. 514, no. 7522; Vol. 514, no. 7523, Vol. 514, no. 7524, 30 October 2014 .

Nature medicine. Vol. 20, no. 10, October 2014.

Nursing times. Vol. 110, no. 43, October 2014.

Seminars in diagnostic pathology. Vol. 31, no. 4, July 2014.


Looking for more journals?
All our journal titles with electronic access are available via the A-Z Journal List.

Simply select the link and search for the journals you require.
(Please note: outside the Austin Health network you will need your Library barcode no. & PIN for access)


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