Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management Web Site

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, and many medical, emergency response, toxicology, and other types of experts.

The goals of this web site are to enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals. Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

To download CHEMM to your computer, visit:
http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/about.htm#download

Other links from CHEMM include:

Types and Categories of Hazardous Chemicals:
http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/agentcategories.htm

Acute Patient Care Guidelines: http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/mmghome.htm

CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool: http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/chemmist.htm
a prototype decision support tool developed as an aid for identifying the chemical a patient was exposed to in a mass casualty incident.

For more information on CHEMM visit the website at:
http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

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PubMed Central Has a New Look

PubMed Central (PMC) the National Library of Medicine (NLM) free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, has a new look. The PMC update provides a more consistent design with PubMed and Bookshelf navigation features.

PMC currently includes 2.2 million archived articles. For a list of journals included in PMC visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/

Improved features include:

  • A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information
  • Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • An updated search results format
  • Direct access to images in PMC articles
  • A new organization and updated appearance for PMC’s informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links

For more information about the redesign, including screenshots of the various improvements please refer to the NLM Technical Bulletin article.


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Library Closed Monday, July 4th

The TMC Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, July 5th .

Have a good holiday.

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The TMC Library Upgrades Public Access Computers

Did you ever wonder if it would be more cost-effective to upgrade your computer than it would be to buy a new one?

As computers begin to age, they begin to slow down, and can eventually fail completely.  The hardware is generally designed for a useful life no longer than 5 years.  The parts most prone to failure are the mechanical elements, the internal devices—like hard drives, power supplies and cooling fans.  

Fifty-two public access computers were purchased by The TMC Library in 2006 and 2007 for about $1,200 each, making them now 4-5 years old.  Unfortunately, with a very tight budget and at an estimated replacement cost of $52,000, we needed to investigate alternatives– ways to extend the life of the current computers until we could resume following the Library’s ‘technology refresh’ plan. 

On the first floor units, we have increased RAM to 4 gigabytes, which has allowed us to install Windows 7 (64-bit), Office 2010, Firefox 4.0, Google Chrome 10.0, and Internet Explorer 9.0 along with other additional software. The most important step to extending the useful life of these machines was our installation of very fast, solid-state drives (SSDs).

The upgrades have added at least 2 years to these computers, and at the same time, they now deliver a performance very similar to that of a brand-new system.  Dual-core systems with additional memory, solid-state drives and modern software are providing a user experience like that of machines with eight cores, the same amount of RAM and conventional hard disk drives— and at an 88% savings over the price of 52 new computers.

What happened to the parts that were removed?  We added those parts to the computers in the Street Level Lab to increase their performance, and this enabled the same Windows, Office, etc. software upgrades to be added to them.  By doubling each one’s memory to 3 gigabytes and using a high-performance disk configuration called RAID 0, or striping, the performance of these even older computers has also been significantly enhanced.  Because they are slightly older, though, and their hard drives have been reused, the life of these computers will not be extended much beyond an additional year.  

So, if you’ve ever wondered whether upgrading a computer was cost effective, whether solid-state drives were worth the extra money, or if you just would like to reacquaint yourself with the valuable people and services at The TMC Library, please come by, and while you’re here, see how your Library was able to save money and still increase user satisfaction by judiciously upgrading your computer labs.

Chris Young
Associate Director,
Information Technology
The TMC Library

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Scholarly Communications Forum – July 14, 2011

The forum Library Space: Evolving the Way We Use Physical and Virtual Spaces will be held on Thursday July 14, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the McMurty Auditorium, Duncan Hall at Rice University.

Keynote presentation: Forget About Green Features! What Makes a Library Truly Sustainable?  by Wendy Heger, AIA, LEED™ AP, Assistant Director for Planning & Facilities for the Houston Public Library.

Roundtable discussion topics include:

  • Library remote storage
  • Centralized service desk
  • Electronic books
  • Cloud computing

For more information about this free event and to register visit:

http://resource.library.tmc.edu/forum/index.php


 

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Library Classes June 28 – July 26, 2011

PubMed – Basic
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s search service, which provides access to the 20 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. How to search subject headings, keywords, and authors use limitations and search for clinical queries will be covered.

Taught by: Emmanuel Onwuachi, Night Manager – Circulation
Phone: 713-799-7150

Register Here


PubMed – Basic
Tuesday, July 14, 2011 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s search service, which provides access to the 20 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. How to search subject headings, keywords, and authors use limitations and search for clinical queries will be covered.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian – Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713-799-7170

Register Here


RefWorks
Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that allows you to organize references in one convenient location, and also format your paper and bibliography. RefWorks contains several hundred citation output styles such as APA and AMA, in addition to individual journal submission formats. This class will teach you to set up an account, import citations, build your bibliography and format your paper. *It is highly recommended that participants in this class have experience searching PubMed or other databases, and using Microsoft Word.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian – Reference & Outreach

Phone: 713-799-7170

Register Here


PubMed – Basic
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 6:30 PM – 7:30PM

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s search service, which provides access to the 20 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. How to search subject headings, keywords, and authors use limitations and search for clinical queries will be covered.

Taught by: Emmanuel Onwuachi, Night Manager – Circulation
Phone: 713-799-7150

Register Here


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National Library of Medicine Celebrates 175 Years

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) celebrated 175 years. For a brief history of NLM and some of its recent achievements, see the recent JAMA article:

Slomski A. The National Library of Medicine: 175 years of advancing biomedical knowledge. JAMA 2011 Jun 1:305(21):2158-61.  PubMed PMID:21632476

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