BMJ Best Practice modules: Focus on Labyrinthitis

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A reminder to check out this excellent resource from BMJ Best Practice.  In this module looking at Labyrinthitis which if you weren’t aware is an:

  • Inflammatory condition affecting the labyrinth in the cochlea and vestibular system of the inner ear.
  • Viral infections are the most common cause of labyrinthitis. Bacterial labyrinthitis is a complication of otitis media or meningitis.
  • Typical presentation includes vertigo, imbalance, and hearing loss.
  • Diagnosis is supported by history, physical examination, and audiometry.
  • Treatment is typically symptomatic and primarily involves the use of vestibular suppressants and anti-emetics.

Best Practice is very helpful and provides further information on basics, diagnosis, treatments, follow up and recommended resources. Remember to register for an Athens account in order to gain full access to all the BMJ sites.

Athens opens door to a wealth of information

If you haven’t yet registered for an Athens account, then you don’t know what you’re missing!  It’s quick, free and easy to register, just CLICK HERE  where you will be given a username and invited to set up a password.  Once you have these, simply by visiting NICE Evidence at https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/ you will have access to all these online resources.  Brilliant!

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Best Practice Best Practice provides the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach, covering diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It provides a second opinion in an instant, without the need for checking
BMJ Journals Collection
  BMJ Journals Collection comprises of 22 leading medical titles on specialist clinical areas, public health and evidence-based medicine. Available in print and online.
BMJ Learning
  BMJ Learning is an interactive website designed for all healthcare professionals to support their personal development, learning and CME (Continuing Medical Education) needs.
BNF and BNF for children – from Medicines Complete
 Guidance on the actions and uses of drugs prescribed in the UK
British National Formulary 
The official website of the British National Formulary, providing UK Healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner.
EBSCOhost databases 
EBSCO offers the largest scholarly full text collections in the world covering virtually every area of academic study, as well as linking technology integrating library resources, essentially creating a one-stop research environment for researchers.
Informa Healthcare 
Publisher of over 170 pharmaceutical, life science and medical journals, Informa Healthcare provides a wealth of high impact research and review journals
internurse.com 
  Online archive of 9000+ peer-reviewed nursing and midwifery articles from MA Healthcare Ltd publications
JAMA Network Journals 
  JAMA Network Journals publish original high quality, high impact clinical and research articles on a diverse range of medical topics.
Map of Medicine 
 The Map of Medicine is an online knowledge resource that visually organises the latest medical research evidence and best patient practice guidelines.
Micromedex (Health Care Series, Martindale) Funded by the NW Health Care Libraries Unit Unbiased, authoritative drug, acute care, toxicology, patient, education and alternative medicine databases providing trusted clinical decision support.
MyiLibrary
 MyiLibrary provides a faster and easier way to access collections of books, reports, journals, bulletins and other documents published by inter-governmental organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations and International Labour Organisation.
NHS Evidence Journals and Databases 
The NHS Evidence Journals and Databases service brings together all NHS library and information services, and working with other service providers, this aims to deliver the best health library service to all NHS staff, students, patients and carers.
NICE BNF and BNFC Mobile Applications
 Mobile Application access to the British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for children (BNFC)
Ovid Online
  Access to databases and full text for the HealthCare and Academic communities. Such as AMED, British Nursing Index, Cinahl, Embase, IBSS, Inspec, Medline, PsycInfo & Journals@Ovid.
Oxfordonline.com: Funded by the NW Health Care Libraries Unit and some NW NHS Trusts Products hosted on the oxfordonline.com domain including Oxford Medical Handbooks Online
Oxford Textbook of Medicine: Funded by the NW Health Care Libraries Unit The foremost international textbook of medicine. Unrivalled in its coverage of the scientific aspects and clinical practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties, it is a fixture in the offices and wards of physicians around the world.
ProQuest New Platform 
ProQuest Online Databases.
Royal Marsden Manual Online: Funded by the NW Health Care Libraries Unit The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Online Edition. Complete clinical procedure management online!
SAGE Journals Journal content
 JUST ADDED (PDFs, html abstracts) delivery platform.
ScienceDirect 
 Access over 1500 scientific, technical & medical peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science and other publishers. Search over 40 million abstracts from scientific articles. Link out to articles from over 80 other publishers.
UCL Hospitals Injectable Medicine Guide 
The UCL Hospitals Injectable Medicines Administration Guide Online provides online access to key information and advice needed for the safe and effective administration of many injectable medicines.
Wiley Online Library
  Access an extensive range of quality journals, reference works and Current Protocols online, covering a range of scientific, medical, technical and professional disciplines. 
Your RSM Press Journals
  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Athens: resetting your password

With the all the usernames and passwords each of us needs to remember today, it’s very common to suddenly discover we’ve mislaid or forgotten the odd one, especially if you haven’t used them for a while.  If this should happen to you with your Athens password, its easy to remedy.  Simply go to: http://www.openathens.net/nhs_users.php

To reset your password, enter your OpenAthens username and the email address you used to register the account in the boxes provided.  If you have forgotten this information then contact the Athens administrator for the Trust, janread@nhs.net 

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NHS Athens re-branded as OpenAthens

nice_nhs_evidenceOpenAthens, formerly NHS Athens,  is an access management system provided by Eduserv, which enables eligible users to access the online content (see below).  Registration for OpenAthens is free by going online and completing a simple form at https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/  It is best to register from an NHS computer and you will need to quote your NHS email address.  Once this is done you will receive an activation email together with your username.

Your personal username and password will provide access to NICE Evidence Services (a suite of services that provide internet access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice) formerly known as NHS Evidence.  The services cover health, social care and public health evidence.  Evidence Services aim to help professionals make better and quicker evidence based decisions. NICE Evidence Services consists of the following 6 resources

  • Evidence Search which provides free open access to a unique index of selected and authoritative health and social care evidence-based information.
  • Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS), which provides access to an extensive set of journals and bibliographic databases. These are purchased by NICE on behalf of the NHS.
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) which provide primary care practitioners with access to evidence-based guidance on over 300 key conditions presenting in primary care.
  • BNF microsite which provides open access to BNF content across the UK.
  • UK DUETS, a database of Evidence Uncertainties which provides research funders and researchers access to the ‘known unknowns’ in the evidence base.
  • Bulletins, Alerts and Evidence Awareness service which helps busy professionals keep up to date with important new evidence.

If you need any assistance signing up for OpenAthens or using any of the NICE Evidence Services, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Library staff.

01625661362 or email ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net

 

NEW updates for OTs, Dietetics staff and Speech and Language Therapists

Picture1Carole Keeling one of our Outreach Librarians has put together a collection of articles of particular interest to Occupational Therapists.

Published in the form of an update, Carole is hoping to:

  • bring together a range of recently-published research reports, articles and electronic resources to help OTs keep up-to-date with developments.
  • remind readers of OT Update of the services available from the Staff Library Service – we can supply you with 1:1 or small group training in literature searching skills; obtain full-text articles for you; or provide services in literature searching to help you with your research tasks.
  • respond to your information needs – if you have any suggestions on the type of information sources you would find helpful in future editions of OT Update, then please let us know.

Carole also offers similar updates for Dietetics staff and Speech and Language Therapists.  If you haven’t received your ‘update’ via email already you can always request one by contacting Carole direct at c.keeling@nhs.net

Help with Athens

The Athens portal allows you to download the full text of articles, where the Trust has a subscription to the appropriate publisher. These are noted at the end of an abstract. You will need an Athens username and password to use the system, to register please log on to:  https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/

If you are new to Athens and would like help in registering and starting to use Athens, please contact Carole Keeling (Outreach Librarian) who can come to your workplace and help you get started.

Please email c.keeling@nhs.net, or phone ext. 1547 to make an appointment – a 30 minute slot will get you up and running!

Great value from Athens

It’s a good time to remind everyone who has registered for an Athens account, of all the electronic resources it provides access to via NHS Evidence.
Clicking on this link will take you to a complete list of nationally purchased databases and journals (correct as at Nov 2012).

If you haven’t registered for Athens yet, then follow this link – it only takes a couple of minutes and all you need is your NHS Mail address.  If you would like a refresher about getting the best from your Athens account, please call 01625 66 1362.