Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Meet Your Ascension Wisconsin Clinical Librarians

Did you know that two professional Clinical Librarians provide Library Services statewide for Ascension Wisconsin?  Together, we are here to serve the entire state to meet your knowledge and information needs.

While you have patients, family members and others to serve, YOU are our first priority.  Please contact us for assistance with:
·                     Library Research / Expert Searching
*           Orientation to Library Services
·                     Training to use Library Resources (including specific databases, orientations etc.)
·                     Evidence-Based Practice
·                     Retrieving Articles and Finding Fulltext
·                     Ideas for Audience or Subject-Specific LibGuides / Research Guides

Clinical Librarians - Ascension Wisconsin:

Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP

Michele earned her Masters of Library and Information Studies degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been working in health science libraries for the last 25 years.  She started working for Affinity Health System in 1999 at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.   In 2012, she broadened her scope to cover Ministry Health Care.  In 2016, she began serving Ascension-Wisconsin.   She earned the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credential from the Medical Library Association.  She enjoys collaborating to make sure people have the knowledge and information they need to make well-informed decisions in health care. One way to do that is by creating LibGuides and Tool Kits to make relevant library resources easier to find and use.   See The Nursing Point of Care Tools, and Nursing Specialties Tool Kits,
And The Rehab LibGuide among many other LibGuides/ Research Guides.  

Kellee Selden, MLIS, MSMI
414-585-1626 (work)
414-639-8703 (cell)

Kellee earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis in Special Libraries. Following graduation, Kellee spent more than 20 years working in various Law Libraries. She then returned to school and earned her second master’s degree in Medical Informatics from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Kellee joined Columbia St. Mary’s as a Medical Librarian in the fall of 2013. In 2016, she began serving Ascension-Wisconsin.

Your Clinical Librarians can be reached at their individual emails or the statewide phone number: (414) 585-5085.   This number is checked daily, but please contact a Librarian directly for faster service. 

The Library Services extend beyond the physical libraries to ALL Ascension associates across the state of Wisconsin via telephone, email, and online services.

The combined Ascension Wisconsin Library Website is now available.
It offers quick access to the following:

You may also continue to use the legacy Library intranet sites:

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services
Statewide Phone Number

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

From the Mercy Archives : 1911 Electrocardiogram

By Nancy Wilms, Mercy Library & Archives Volunteer


When the item above was donated to the Mercy Archives recently, we became curious and wanted to learn more about why the gentleman had his hand and foot in a bucket, attached to electrodes.  So Volunteer Nancy Wilms set out to learn more …  Here’s what she discovered:

In 1901, Willem Einthoven, who is responsible for the “Einthoven triangle” for attaching electrocardiogram leads, invented a new string galvanometer for producing electrocardiograms using a fine quartz string coated in silver.  The unit weighed 600 pounds and required five technicians to operate.  In 1903 he discussed commercial production of the string galvanometer with Cambridge Scientific Instruments Company of London.   This is the unit manufactured in 1911 by The Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company of London.  Willem Einthoven won the Nobel Prize in 1924 for inventing the electrocardiogram.    


Photograph of a complete Electrocardiograph showing the manner in which the electrodes are attached to the patient.  In this case the hands and the one foot are immersed in jars of salt solution.

For more information, see:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Finding & Using Health Statistics : New Online Tutorial from NLM

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) is pleased to announce the release of a newly revised Health Statistics tutorial (see Figure 1). Written by staff at AcademyHealth, this tutorial is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.  

> The course provides a useful outline of the various US sources for important statistical data.  

Screenshot of health statistics tutorial
Figure 1: Finding and Using Health Statistics.

The new, interactive course is divided into four sections:
  • About Health Statistics
  • Common Terms
  • Health Data Sources
  • Finding Health Statistics

Each section contains a quiz to help you determine your understanding of the course. The course is eligible for 3 CE hours from the Medical Library Association. A certificate is also available upon completion of the course.

The section on Finding Health Statistics provides an overview of the key organizations important in any research that requires statistical information. A detailed glossary is also included in the course (see Figure 2).

Screenshot of glossary
Figure 2: Glossary.

Link to the course.

This article, NICHSR Tutorial: Finding and Using Health Statistics, originally appeared in the NLM Technical Bulletin, 2019 Mar-Apr; (427):b10.    Posted 2019 April 03.  Link to original article.  

Content not copyrighted, and freely reproduciable.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

10 Tools you can use at NaturalMedicines.com

Access has been restored for Natural Medicines for 2019.
     > Sorry for any inconvenience the March outage may have caused.
     > There were multiple process changes that delayed the annual renewal.

Do you have patients asking about Cannabidiol (CBD)?  

Natural Medicines is updated daily to ensure comprehensive, accurate, and clinically relevant information on natural medicines and alternative therapies.  Make informed, evidence-based decisions using these handy tools:

1. 1,400+ Monographs
Get answers to your natural medicines questions including safety, effectiveness, adverse effects, and a patient education handout for each one (English/Spanish/French).

2. 130,000+ Commercial Products
Search the largest natural medicine commercial products database in the US.

3.  Natural Medicines Evidence-Based Brand Ratings
Get a 1-10 overall rating based on safety and effectiveness, plus manufacturing quality data directly from the United States Pharmacopeia and other adverse event reporting systems.

4.  Interaction Checker
Ensure that drug-supplement interactions are caught ahead of time.  Enter a complete list of patient drugs/supplements and look for Mild/Moderate/Severe interaction ratings.

5. Comparative Effectiveness
Access charts ranking natural medicines from most to least effective for a given disease state or condition.

6. Adverse Effects Checker
Reference every natural medicine with the known potential to cause a specific adverse effect.

7. Pregnancy & Lactation Checker
View safety ratings related to pregnancy and lactation, plus links to printable patient education handouts.

8. Charts
Quickly see all monographs tagged for a specific category, such as omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Continuing Education
Take courses focused on traditional and alternative methods of prevention and treatment of disease states and medical conditions.

10. Nutrient Depletion Checker
Determine which nutrients may be depleted by prescription or over-the-counter medications, and see risks rated by clinical significance. 

·         Find more useful tips, tricks, and tutorials on our Natural Medicines Search Tips Page.
·         Ministry / Affinity access only.  Not available for CSM and WFHC.

Questions or comments, contact your Clinical Librarian, Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - April 2019

April 2019
See what your fellow nurses are reading! Browse this month's round-up of the top 10 most read articles from Lippincott's prestigious list of nursing journals.

New this month, we have added a video.
AJN: American Journal of Nursing

Association Between Lactation and Postpartum Blood Pressure in Women with Preeclampsia
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, March/April 2019

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Improving Recognition and Treatment in the Emergency Department
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, January/March 2019

Prediabetes: A wake-up call
Nursing, April 2019

Acute hyperglycemic emergencies: Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
Nursing Critical Care, March 2019

Certified and Advanced Degree Critical Care Nurses Improve Patient Outcomes
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, March/April 2019

Brown Bag Medication Review: Using AHRQ's Brown Bag Medication Tool
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Publish ahead of print

Infection prevention and control core practices: A roadmap for nursing practice
The Nurse Practitioner, March 2019

The impact of integrated care for people with chronic conditions on hospital and emergency department utilization: a rapid review
International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, March 2019

Impact of Psychological Empowerment on Workplace Bullying and Intent to Leave
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, April 2019

Managing Opioid Use in Orthopaedic Patients Through Harm Reduction Strategies
Orthopaedic Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone: Discharge Planning and Teaching

* List and links courtesy of Anne Chaney at Wolters-Kluwer/Ovid.

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 

                     Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden