Thursday, 1 December 2016

Awareness Days

It is December. The lights are up. The decorations and the displays in the shops and all around are all designed to increase our awareness of one message: Christmas is coming.
In the same way, health awareness  months, weeks and  days are geared  towards educating the general public, fund raising  and supporting  people with certain health conditions as well as their loved ones.
The awareness weeks and days for December are:
  • Ø  Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week (December 1-7)
  • Ø  World AIDS Day (December 1)

Evidence suggests that information requests from the public around topics of awareness increase during these awareness days and weeks. Consequently, clinicians and practitioners might be looking for medical updates and evidence in these areas.

A good place to look for information on Crohn’s and Colitis is Crohn’s & Colitis UK.  The Trip database also has a host of primary researches and systematic reviews.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and British HIV Association (BHIVA) have published guidelines on HIV testing. Public Health England has also published Reports about HIV in the UK. 
 The NICE Evidence search has not only provided NICE guidelines on these topical issues but also gives access to top quality and Impartiality publication and reviews.

Other useful information about the World AIDS day can be found on the World AIDS Day website, Terrence Higgins Trust, BASHH and Aidsmap.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

New HDAS: combining and deduplicating results from multiple databases

What's the best way of doing this in the new HDAS? In the old HDAS I would simply combine results from different databases using the de-duplication button (assuming the total number of results was 500 or less). The deduplication wasn't perfect, of course, but it was a good start and I could then pick out the results I wanted to keep from the more or less de-duplicated list.
In the new HDAS it seems that I have to add results from the different databases to "Saved Results", de-duplicate from there (mostly by scanning through an alphabetical ordering of the titles) and then pick out the results I want to discard. There doesn't seem to be a way of selecting a few search results and exporting just those ones. The process is more time-consuming because:
·         as far as I can see the maximum number of results which can be added to "Saved Results" in one go is 100, i.e. the maximum number of results which can be viewed on one page
·         I now have to tick all the results I want to discard rather than ticking the ones I want to keep (perhaps my search strategies are deficient but I usually end up discarding more search results than I keep)

 Written by  Paul Lee (Assistant Librarian, Reay House Library, Lambeth Hospital)                                                                             

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New HDAS training for UHL staff

Message for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust staff from UHL Libraries & Information Services

Many of you will have used the Healthcare Databases which are provided to NHS staff by NICE. This service provided access to the main healthcare bibliographic databases and are our recommended way of searching databases like Medline, Embase, PsychInfo and British Nursing Index.

NICE have recently launched a new version of these databases. While all the same information is still available, the search page has been completely redesigned and some of the features work in a different way.

Help and support
Library: We are offering some times for people to come to the library and have a quick demonstration of the new database system. Times over the next 3 weeks are:

Monday 31st October at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Leicester General Hospital
Tuesday 1st November at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital
Wednesday 2nd November at 10am or 2pm: Odames  Library Training Room, Victoria Building, LRI

Monday 7th November at 10am or 2pm: Odames  Library Training Room, Victoria Building, LRI
Tuesday 8th November at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital
Wednesday 9th November at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Leicester General Hospital

Wednesday 16th November at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital
Thursday 17th November at 10am or 2pm: Library Training Room, Education Centre, Leicester General Hospital
Friday 18th November at 10am or 2pm: Odames  Library Training Room, Victoria Building, LRI

If you cannot make any of these session, and require assistance, or a demonstration, please book on our ‘Literature Searching’ training session, which covers this resource. Times and dates for these courses can be found here: You can also come and ask us for advice or assistance. We’ll be happy to assist you however we can.

Quick guide: A quick guide to using the basic functions of the new search interface is attached. It is also available on our web site. This guide has been produced by NICE.

Video guide: NICE have also produced a series of short videos to assist users with using the new search resource. These videos are available on their YouTube channel:

Monday, 17 October 2016

World Thrombosis Day

This was last week.  But the issue has not gone away, so blogging about it now is not too late!

Lots of names for aspects of the topic - venous thrombosis, venous thromboembolism, VTE, deep vein thrombosis, DVT, pulmonary embolism.   Searching NHS Choices for thrombosis links to resources about many of these, and each page links to information about causes and treatment, as well as information on trials and personal stories.

World Thrombosis Day itself has a page of resources.   This includes information about the the global burden, hospital associated VTE and about research into public awareness.   There are campaign materials, including a list of research articles for health professionals (although the Clinical Librarian Service would be pleased to conduct a specific search for you).   Under Campaign Materials there are also personal stories.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis is involved in World Thrombosis Day, and it publishes the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (some content freely available, some needs a subscription).

Other resources include:

British Committee for Standards on Haematology - guidelines on thrombosis, accessible via the BCSH site but also through NICE Evidence Search, which will also help you locate guidelines from other organisations.

Using NICE Evidence Search will help you find NICE guidelines, but NICE's Pathway on venous thromboembolism gives an overview of NICE guidance and links to publications.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries includes deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and DVT prevention for travellers.   All are written for primary care, so do not cover prevention or management in hospital.  

Monday, 10 October 2016

E-Learning for Health - Available now with your OpenAthens account

e-Learning for Health (e-LfH) is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and relevant Professional Bodies providing high quality e-learning resources free of charge for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK.

Content is presented using various templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.

You can access the resources here:

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS)

This week is SADS Awareness Week.   SADS is a heart condition, often hidden, which can claim the lives of young people and can affect people while taking part in sport or exercise.

SADS Awareness Week is an annual event and this year includes a Marvellous Medicine talk on responding to SADS, another about sudden cardiac death in sport, and a Friday Forum for UHL staff to raise awareness of SADS. 

For UHL colleagues, the intranet, InSite, has for more about SADS Awareness Week.

Joe Humphries, a local lad, tragically died at the age of 14 while jogging, with no prior symptoms, and the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust works to promote research and education.

For more information about SADS, try these:

The causes listed by SADS UK are:
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT)
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQT)
  • Short QT Syndrome
  • Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW)

Try a search of NHS Choices or NICE Evidence Search for a cause to find more.  If you work at UHL, the Clinical Librarian Service can search the literature for you.  Please contact us if we can help.

Fault affecting the BNF and BNFc apps

We have become aware of a fault affecting the British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children apps on some Apple devices. Some content may be out of date. 

NICE’s advice is to uninstall the app and then reinstall it from the App Store, and we would strongly recommend you do this with both apps. 

Android devices and all web versions of the BNF are unaffected. 

If you have an NHS Athens username, you can use the BNF and BNFc apps.  For information about NHS Athens and about the apps, please contact any UHL Library or the Clinical Librarian Service.