High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

January 23, 2014

High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

Dr. Kildare. MASH. Scubs. Grey’s Anatomy. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Call the Midwife.

These are just a few of the hit movies and TV shows that have captured the funny, dramatic, and mysterious sides of medicine.
Please join us at Miner on Wednesday, January 29 at HIGH NOON when librarians Linda Hasman and Valorie Hallinan will take you on a whirlwind tour of medical drama on the screen and how it has changed to reflect the times.

Sit back, relax (bring your lunch or popcorn if you’d like) and enjoy scenes from classic and ground-breaking drama, and some of the latest and greatest shows still in production. We’ll solve a few medical mysteries and watch a medical “blooper” or two, when the writers and directors obviously forgot to consult the experts.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399 or Valorie Hallinan at 275-6873.


National Library of Medicine Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions

January 8, 2014

Are you interested in the history of medicine?  If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has added over 500 items to its Digital Collections.

You can read more about what is available here: NLM Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of medicine right here at Highland, please visit the Historical Collections website at Williams Health Sciences Library. Our Finding Aid details what is available from the  historical archives of Highland Hospital. We’ve also been digitizing selected images from the collection, making them accessible on New York State’s research portal, New York Heritage.

New Tool From AHRQ: Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

December 11, 2013

While cleaning out my inbox today, I came across an email about a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), published in April 2013.

According to their website, a recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.

The report, “Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers” describes the use of a tool, the Socio-Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (ST-PRA), to estimate the risk of SSI in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest, and proposes an intervention for future deployment.

The entire report can be read at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/stpra/stpra.pdf

Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression

December 9, 2013

Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression – News Room – University of Rochester Medical Center.

Congratulations to Dr. Campbell, and all the staff at Highland Family Medicine on receiving the Robert Oppenheimer Impact Award on December 5, 2013.

Well done, and well deserved!

“There is no evidence to suggest…”

December 3, 2013

20131203_114208_1While checking in journals for the week, I stumbled on a thought-provoking opinion piece in the Nov. 27 JAMA issue. It’s on the need for clarity with evidence-based medicine statements: those hypotheses and declarations that we see in article abstracts, summaries, and findings.  The author critiques use of the phrase There is no evidence to suggest. It’s about a 5 minute read, which I recommend, and if you have any thoughts to add, feel free to share.

Find the full article in our current journals onsite, or online through the library website.

Braithwaite R. EBM’s Six Dangerous Words. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2149-2150. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281996.

This Wednesday: Fun & Fabulous Feasts for the Holidays

November 19, 2013

Catch a ride over to University of Rochester Medical Center and stop in at Miner Library for a High Noon holiday treat:

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Head over to Miner Library on Wednesday, November 20 for this month’s High Noon presentation: “Fun & Fabulous Feasts for the Holidays.”

Calling all foodies! Join us for a fun, light-hearted talk on holiday cooking and entertaining. Learn from an expert! We will cover the basics of surviving and thriving the holidays with flair. We will discuss Thanksgiving dinner, from traditional courses to leftovers. We will also delve in to holiday cookies and presenting your creations with style.

Release your inner Martha Stewart! Please join us at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Miner Library’s History of Medicine room. Stacey Ragone, a recent graduate of MCC’s Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts program and Miner Library staff, will lead the discussion.

Admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at (585) 275-3399.

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Poster at UNYOC

November 19, 2013

Lorraine Porcello, Joanne Layton, and Bonita Archer presented a poster on October 17, 2013 at the Upstate New York and Ontario  Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.


Titled, “Knowledge Is Power: Health Science Librarian and Advanced Practice Nurse Collaboration to Strengthen Nurses’ Evidence Based Practice“, the poster reports on our nurse/librarian collaborative effort, the Knowledge Is Power sessions for Highland nurses and Nursing Research and EBP Council. These are held quarterly, with all Highland staff welcome to attend.

Curious about the poster? See our submitted abstract below:

Background:  Nurses are expected to incorporate Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into their clinical practice. Barriers nurses identify that impede incorporating EBP into practice are substantiated in the extant literature.

Objective: Present education program, “Knowledge Is Power” developed collaboratively by Health Sciences Librarian (HSL) and Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) to increase nurses’ use of EBP resources and processes.

Implementation:  An EBP education program was developed collaboratively by HSL and APN to increase nurses’ knowledge and ability to search, access, critically appraise evidence, and apply to practice.  Nurses provide current clinical practice scenarios and questions.  HSL provide expertise conducting searches, retrieving literature, and identifying EBP resources that are readily accessible to nurses.  APN provides knowledge and expertise in research processes and translating evidence to practice.  HSL and APN lead interactive discussions with nurses and critically appraising the evidence.

Evaluation:  Increased number of nurses requesting searches and appraisal of evidence consults to assist with research projects, implement and evaluate practice change, continue interactive education sessions.

Conclusion: The collaborative education offering by HSL and APN in a Magnet community hospital has increased nurses’ knowledge, exposure, access, and use of EBP processes and resources. The integral partnership between HSL and APN addresses and removes some barriers to implementing EBP.

Implications: Partnerships between HSL and nurses are integral to validating or changing practice that is evidence based.  Community hospitals seeking Magnet status or renewal can develop or use this education program to educate staff about EBP.

Come to the December workshop!
We’re excited about Knowledge Is Power, and look forward to the next cycle, starting in December 2013! Nurse feedback is positive, and participation lively as we consider the evidence for practice, and build our toolset. Our vision: foster research champions! If you’d like to hear more about Knowledge Is Power, contact your unit Research Council member, or Ask a Librarian.

Note: this was also published in the November 2013 edition of Nursing Newsletter

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