This Mobile Moment – A free app for disinfecting iPads

de-BacDo you use your iPad in the hospital on a regular basis? Are you concerned about spreading nosocomial infections with it?

A recent study in JMIR¹ showed that a mobile app can effectively reduce microbial load. deBac-app  is a simple interactive cleaning guide that leads the user through the cleaning process and each step is logged along with time and date. deBac-app is currently available for iPads, Android tablets and Android phones. A detailed synopsis of the product is available at

Please note their disclaimer that the use of disinfectants as required in medical environments is not endorsed by device manufacturers and may invalidate their warranties.

1.            Albrecht UV, von Jan U, Sedlacek L, Groos S, Suerbaum S, Vonberg RP. Standardized, App-based disinfection of iPads in a clinical and nonclinical setting: comparative analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2013;15(8):e176.

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Philippines emergency access to biomedical literature

The National Library of Medicine announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon.  The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users.  It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. If you or someone you know are involved in relief efforts in the Philippines or other affected areas, please let them know of this service.

EAI is not an open access collection — it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population.  The free access is available only in the Philippines and surrounding area affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Currently, the free access period is expected to run from November 11 to December 9, 2013.

For access, go to Emergency Access Initiative:

Online databases:
. Cochrane database of systematic reviews
. DynaMed
. Essential evidence plus

Sample journal titles:
. Accident and emergency nursing
. Annals of internal medicine
. Archives of surgery
. Burns
. Depression and anxiety
. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
. Environmental toxicology and pharmacology
. International journal of cardiology
. International journal of infectious diseases
. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association
. Journal of emergency medicine
. Journal of traumatic stress
. Lancet
. New England journal of medicine
. Surgery

Sample book titles:
. AHFS drug information
. Handbook of critical care
. Human virology
. Infectious diseases: the clinician’s guide to diagnosis, treatment and prevention
. Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy
. Public health & preventive medicine
. Trauma

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 1-301-594-5983 internationally.

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Are you planning a Systematic Review?

Are you planning to conduct a systematic review? If you are considering a systematic review project or would like further information, please visit our Systematic Review Guide

As search experts, librarians are an essential part of your systematic review team. The Institute of Medicine encourages investigators to, “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy” (Standard 3.1.1). By working with a librarian, you will ensure that your search is as methodical and thorough as possible.

Librarians at HSL are skilled searchers with the training and expertise necessary to

  • Develop comprehensive search strategies to ensure that essential studies are not overlooked
  • Assist in selecting essential databases for your search
  • Select and search grey literature sources to uncover literature not found in standard databases
  • Manage and organize search results
  • Participate in writing the search methods section of the review
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Introduction to RefWorks and EndNote

The Health Sciences Library is offering introductory sessions for the citation
management software programs, RefWorks and EndNote.

All sessions will be held in the Health Sciences Library computer
classroom, 1460B from 12-1 PM or 3-4 PM.

Monday September 9, 12-1 pm; Tuesday September 17, 3-4 pm
Tuesday October 1, 12-1 pm; Tuesday October 8, 3-4 pm
Wednesday November 6, 12-1 pm; Tuesday November 19, 3-4 pm
Wednesday December 4, 3-4 pm; Tuesday December 10, 12-1 pm

Wednesday September 11, 3-4 pm; Wednesday September 18, 12-1 pm
Thursday October 3, 3-4 pm; Thursday October 10, 12-1 pm
Thursday November 14, 12-1 pm; Monday November 25, 3-4 pm
Tuesday December 3, 12-1 pm; Wednesday December 18, 3-4 pm

Register by clicking on the session in the Library Workshops calendar at:

For further information, please contact theLibrary Information Desk at:


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Literature Searching Clinics

How do I quickly find evidence-based answers to my clinical question? How do I search so I don’t miss anything? What is the difference between MEDLINE and PubMed? When would I use one over the other?

Are you a student, researcher, resident, or clinician who has asked these or other lit search questions? The Health Sciences Library is offering 1.5 hour instruction sessions in the HSL computer lab 1460A for you.

Dates and times are:
Thursday September 12, 12-1:30 pm
Wednesday September 25, 9-10:30 am

Thursday October 3, 12-1:30 pm
Friday October 18, 9-10:30 am

Thursday November 21, 12-1:30 pm
Tuesday November 26, 9-10:30 am

Thursday December 5, 12-1:30 pm
Wednesday December 11, 9-10:30 am

Register by clicking on the session in the Library Workshops calendar at:

For further information, please contact the Library Information Desk at:


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Thesis Formatting Workshop

Learn How to Use the UofC Thesis Template
Review the UofC Thesis Guidelines –  Newly Revised!
Work with the UofC Thesis Template
Take the pain out of publishing your thesis

One of the most daunting tasks that a graduate student faces is writing a thesis.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies has prepared an extensive set of guidelines to assist you in preparing your thesis for submission.

The actual formatting of your thesis can be a challenge so sets of templates have been developed to assist you through this preparation process, allowing you to concentrate on the writing rather than worrying about all of the formatting rules at

These are 1.5 hour, hands-on workshops on using the templates.

Tuesday September 17, 12-1:30 pm

Monday October 21, 12-1:30 pm

Wednesday November 13, 12-1:30 pm

Monday December 2, 12-1:30 pm

Register by clicking on the session in the Library Workshops calendar at:

For further information, please contact the
Library Information Desk at:




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This Mobile Moment: Pacer Pedometer Plus

Looking for a reliaPacerble, free pedometer for the Walk Wholeheartedly Pedometer Challenge or just to monitor your health? Try Pacer.

It is easy to use and tracks steps, calories and active time; it can also log and track blood pressure. It uses motion recognition and can work in a pocket, in a bag, in your hand. It seems to be more accurate than GPS and is easier on battery power.

Pacer is only available for Apple devices; Android users, try Accupedo Pedometer or Runtastic Pedometer.

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Where did First Consult go?

First Consult has been added to a new product, ClinicalKey 

ClinicalKey has 900+ textbooks and 400+ journals.  When you search ClinicalKey, First Consult content will appear in the green menu on the right side of the screen, under the tab  Clinical Summary.  When you see FC in Clinical Key, the content is from First Consult.


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This Mobile Moment: UpToDate in 2 Taps

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This Mobile Moment: VisualDx


VisualDx is a “visual diagnostic decision support system” now available to University of Calgary members.

Covering more than 1,200 pediatric and adult conditions represented by over 25,000 images, VisualDx combines expert medical knowledge, standardized terminology, intelligent search, and high quality medical images to deliver concise and accurate answers. VisualDx allows physicians to search by diagnosis, build a patient-specific differential, or look up drug-induced adverse reactions by medication – all at the point of care. VisualDx Mobile shows disease variation with multiple images of each disease.

VisualDx Mobile is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Though it is an app, it does require a wifi connection. To get the mobile app, start from an U of C computer, launch VisualDx after entering it in the library search box. Click on “Get VisualDx Mobile” at the top of the page to register and receive an username and password via email. Go to the App Store or Google Play to download the app. Enter your new username and password when prompted.


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