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'Twas the night before Grand Round, when all through the Walton
not a creature was stirring, not even the matron.
The nurses were waiting on the ward in despair
with hopes that the registrar soon would be there...

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Christmas research - must read!

The VADER study - scoping Star Wars music
In what started as "a bit of fun", Austin Health endoscopists have published the VADER study (the value of audio devices in the endoscopy room) highlighting the apparent benefit of playing Star Wars music during colonoscopies. Authors playfully suggest that if the 'Force' is indeed responsible for superior endoscopic outcomes, then "the wearing of Star Wars constumes may become a standard of practice in the future".
Source: MJA 2015; 203(11) 472-5

MEMEs: modern evolutionary medical euphemisms
David Isaacs and colleagues propose the modern evolutionary medical euphemism-a way of never being totally frank if a more palatable alternative can be used.
Source: BMJ 2015;351:h6107

Rejection of rejection: a novel approach to overcoming barriers to publication
Are you facing rejection of your academic paper from a leading medical journal?
The authors of this paper have a novel solution for overcoming the leading barrier to publication - manuscript rejection.
Source: BMJ 2015;351:h6326


Deck the halls with Austin research

Are you involved in research at Austin Health?
Did you know there is an online, open access repository to collate the research generated across the Austin Health sites?
If you are an author, follow our guide to submitting documents to deposit your work into AHRO (Austin Health Research Online).


Coronial inquest case reports

The Clinical communique is produced by the Victorian Institue of Forensic Medicine to report lessons learned from deaths in acute health care settings investigated by the Coroners' Court.
"The two cases in this issue explore the challenging scenarios of managing a deteriorating patient in a rural or regional setting, and the obstacles that are faced when attempting to transfer a critically ill patient for ongoing treatment."

Source: Clinical communique 2015; 2(4)


Atrial fibrillation in ED

Currently 11% of patients treated in an emergency department (ED) for atrial fibrillation die within a year. Furthermore, the volume of patients treated for atrial fibrillation within ED is predicted to increase significantly in the coming decades. In this study, the authors report on models that predict mortality in ED patients with atrial fibrillation. These instruments may aid clinicians in identifying high-risk patients for hospitalisation while safely discharging more patients home.

Source: Annals of emergency medicine, Vol. 66 Issue 6: 658 - 668.e6


Person-centred care - current state

The primary aim of this research was to identify some of the key organisations active in the evolving field of person-centred care and to gain a better understanding of where this global discussion is going. The research identified significant diversity in best practice models, and opportunities for different fields of activity to learn from each other. The authors note that dementia care and cancer care have pioneered many examples of how to integrate communication and shared decision making into person-centred practice, however defining the concept and clarifying its use in palliative care remains largely unresolved to date.

Source: The Health Policy Partnership December 2015


Care of dying adults in the last days of life

A new NICE guideline covering the clinical care of adults who are in their last 2 to 3 days of life. It aims to improve end of life care by: communicating respectfully; involving them, and those important to them, in decisions; and by maintaining their comfort and dignity.

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Dec 2015

Further reading

National consensus statement: essential elements for safe high quality end of life care / Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, May 2015


Library hours over Christmas

Over Christmas and New Year the Library will not be staffed from Thursday 24th December - Friday 1st January inclusive.

The Library team wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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eBooks spotlight & reading list

Beischer & MacKay's obstetrics, gynaecology and the newborn / Michael Permezel, Susan Walker & Kypros Kyprianou - 4th ed. - Elsevier, 2015. (print and online)
In this text expert obstetricians, gynaecologists and neonatologists throughout Australia and New Zealand have contributed content ranging from global and indigenous reproductive health, sexual assault, and gynaecological oncology, through to neonatal assessment, malformations and transport.

Textbook of interventional cardiology / [edited by] Eric J. Topol, Paul S. Teirstein - 7th ed. - Elsevier Saunders, 2016.
"Ideal for cardiologists, surgeons, and referring physicians who need a clinical guide to interventional procedures as well as peripheral vascular techniques and practices."

Junqueira's basic histology : text and atlas / Anthony L. Mescher - 14th ed. - McGraw Hill Education, 2016.
This text, prepared specifically for students of medicine and other health professions, delivers a concise presentation of cell biology and histology that integrates the material with that of biochemistry, immunology, endocrinology, and physiology, providing an excellent foundation for subsequent studies in pathology.


New books on display

Addiction medicine : principles and practice / edited by Paul Haber, Carolyn Day and Michael Farrell - IP Communications, 2015.

Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician / edited by Joel Symons, Paul Myles, Rishi Mehra, Christine Ball - Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. BRN 25986


Reading list

Interested in reading something different over your summer break? We have prepared a reading list highlighting some books of interest from our collection. All books can be borrowed for an extended period over the New Year.

Summer reading list 2015


Journals spotlight

3D printing and additive manufacturing

Acute cardiac care

American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation


Critical care & resuscitation

Current heart failure reports

Emergency medicine journal



Journal of knee surgery

Journal of obstetric, gynecologic & neonatal nursing

Medical journal of Australia


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All our journal titles with electronic access are available via the Journal List
(outside the Austin Health network use your Library barcode no. & PIN for access)

If you require an article from a journal that is not in the Journal List, please use our online document delivery form.


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