Monday, February 22, 2021

Drug Info for Nurses via NRC Plus and Lexicomp

Did you know ...

Nursing Reference Center offers Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses and AHFS Drug Essentials.
      NRC Plus : Home & Mobile Access (pdf)  (This document is on an Ascension shared google drive, so sign in with your regular Ascension login to access.)

Lexicomp is the official drug reference for Ascension nationwide.  
      Lexicomp Search Tips (Includes info on the mobile app)

Both offer apps that you can have on your smart phone, also available where ever you go.

You'll find both of these handy drug references on the Nursing Point-of-Care LibGuide linked through the EMRs around Ascension Wisconsin.  

Questions, comments, or search requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defense Infographic

An infographic created by Virologist Ian Mackay to help clarify that in order to best limit personal risk and community risk from being infected by, or passing on, SARS-CoV-2, we need to think of using a range of risk reduction measures. Each have their own failings and these can be affected by circumstances so layering them up helps avoid any single measure's (layer) problems (holes).

Or you could just physically distance by living on island, by yourself, forever! (I reckon we'll run out of islands).

So instead, think about this layered approach originally outlined in 1990 by Prof James Reason.    Based on Prof James Reason's analyses (e.g. Layout inspired by a graphic from @sketchplanator (

Mackay, Ian M. (2020): The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defence. figshare. Figure.  The image appears here under a CC4 license.  

  • Read more about why Mackay created the Swiss Cheese infographic in this article at Forbes.    
    • It includes more on the interpretation, and a bit about the "misinformation mouse" nibbling away in the center slice.  

Saturday, February 20, 2021

FREE Covid-19 Vaccine Training from NEJM: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Explore the virology of SARS-CoV-2, the mechanism of action of Covid-19 vaccines, the efficacy and safety of currently available Covid-19 vaccines, and the practicalities involved in vaccine administration in this free, online program. This course reviews the principles of vaccine development and how the Covid-19 vaccines fit into this framework.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Knotting and Tucking a Face Mask for a Better Fit

UNC Health [Video]: Pro Tip to Help Your Earloop Mask Fit More Tightly (2 min.)

In this video, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, director of Infection Prevention at UNC Hospitals, shows the simple steps to get a tighter fit from your earloop mask.

* This video was shared in the national Ascension Infection Prevention Meeting.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Launches Podcast Series


In September 2020, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease launched a new podcast series. 

  • Released monthly at The JNMD podcast 
  • Hosted by Dr. David Mallott, MD who
  • Interviews an author from the current issue of the journal
    • highlighting their paper 
    • and how they arrived to submitting it to the journal. 

This podcast has covered a wide variety of topics involving psychiatry and religion, alcohol and families, and a retraction involving a 1951 article on homosexuality.


If you would like to sign up for the eTOC / new issue alerts for this ejournal, contact your Medical Librarian, Michele Matucheski.     Online access provided by Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.  

Questions, comments, or search requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - February 2021

February 2021

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

After reading this month's selections, check out the noteworthy blog post, “Common Questions (and Answers) on COVID-19 Vaccines”, featured on and linked at the bottom of this page.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

33rd Annual APRN Legislative Update:
Unprecedented changes to APRN practice authority in unprecedented times

The Nurse Practitioner, January 2021

The Impact of Delays in Low-Income Women’s Breast Cancer Experiences
Cancer Nursing, January/February 2021

The Increasing Need for Mental Health Services:
Do We Have Enough Mental Health Providers?

Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice,
January/February 2021

Unmasking misunderstandings: Strategies for better communication with patients
Journal of Nursing2021, January 2021

Promoting Interdisciplinary, Participatory Approaches
to Address Childhood Asthma Disparities in an Urban Black Community

Family & Community Health, January/March 2021

Therapeutic Patient Education: A Multifaceted Approach to Ostomy Care
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing,
January 2021

Addressing Bullying and Lateral Violence in the Workplace:
A Quality Improvement Initiative

Journal of Nursing Care Quality, January/March 2021

Nurse health: Sleep
Nursing made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2021

COPD Maintenance Pharmacotherapy
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, January/March 2021

Assessing and addressing practitioner burnout
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, January 2021

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Covid Vaccine Update (1/12 and 2/5/2021) with Dr. Paul Offit


Dr. Zubin Damania talks with Dr. Paul Offit about the Covid vaccine.

Dr. Paul Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center and an expert in virology and immunology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The legendary vaccine researcher returns to answer a metric ton of our questions.

Links, transcript, and audio podcast.

 We discuss:

  • The safety data so far after 7 million vaccinations
  • The case of the OB doctor who died of a platelet-related illness
  • Why the second dose of the mRNA vaccines is crucial
  • Why patients who've had COVID should still be vaccinated
  • The effect of monoclonal antibodies on vaccine efficacy
  • The situation with anaphylaxis/pregnancy/autoimmune disease and more
  • Whether new viral variants will "escape" the vaccine
  • Are there tests to check for real immunity after infection or vaccination
  • Whether you can mix and match the two vaccines
  • What new vaccines are coming down the pipeline
  • Do vaccinations prevent asymptomatic spread,
  • Un-blinding and vaccinating placebo arms of the trials,
  • Healthcare worker vaccine hesitancy
  • and much much more.

With so much happening on the Covid-19 Vaccine front, there was a 2nd Vaccine Update video on Feb 5 to update the Jan 12 episode:

Will vaccines still be effective against coronavirus variants, what are the differences between the new vaccines, should we delay the second dose, can we mix vaccines, and MUCH more.
Links, transcript, audio podcast, and more.

Ascension Covid Vaccine Resource Center

Monday, February 1, 2021

Your Covid Vaccine Questions Answered: JAMA Video


JAMA Video

Your COVID Vaccine Questions Answered [about 8 min.]
Millions of people are now being immunized with the new Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Are they effective? Are they safe? 
Infectious disease and global health expert Carlos del Rio, MD, of Emory University answers your questions.

0:00 Introduction 0:20 Can I take the vaccine if I have immune disease, cancer, or am on immunosuppressive drugs? 0:44 Can I take the vaccine if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding? 1:16 Can I take the vaccine if I have allergies? 1:38 What if I have a history of severe allergic reactions? 2:16 Can I take the vaccine if I already had COVID-19? 2:55 Is either of the vaccines better than the other, and can I switch between doses? 3:42 Can I take only take 1 dose to minimize risk? 4:20 I had the first dose and still got COVID-19. Should I take the 2nd dose? 5:15 I missed my appointment for the 2nd dose. How late can I still get it? 5:54 Are there natural ways to improve my immunity? 6:30 Will virus mutations make the vaccine less effective? 7:09 How long does protection last?