Library News October 2020

What is in this issue

Research Working Lunch Details
Topic Focus: Pathology Mislabeling
Changes to the Clinicans Health Channel
App in Focus: BMJ Best Practice - Comorbidities
New to the Library
McGraw-Hill Access Medicine Trial
Research Working Lunch - Thursday October 15th, 12pm - 1pm, Library

If you are interested in undertaking research at SWH, have a research ethics related question, or just want to find out what has been happening in the research sphere during COVID please join us for our first research lunch this year. 

Louise Greenstock PhD  - Research Translation Coordinator at the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre will be joining us to discuss the new research grants offered by the Western Alliance. This is also a chance to chat with our Research Governance Officer, Research Manager, and Translation Officers. 

Western Alliance Emerging Researcher Grants - now open!
We are pleased to open applications for our inaugural round of Emerging Researcher Grants - an initiative aimed at supporting new and emerging researchers based in health settings across western Victoria to design and implement a research project in their local context.  

Twelve grants of up to $5,000 each will be available as follows:
  • Ballarat/Grampians: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of Ballarat Health Services, East Grampians Health Service, St John of God Ballarat and Western Victoria PHN)
  • Geelong/Colac: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, St John of God Geelong and Western Victoria PHN)
  • Hamilton/Warrnambool: Four grants of up to $5,000 each (available to employees of South West Healthcare, St John of God Warrnambool, Western District Health Service and Western Victoria PHN)
 Collaboration with our university partners is welcomed, however the applicant (principal investigator) must be an employee at one of the above organisations.

Submissions close at 5pm on November 12th 2020.

For further details, including the submission guidelines and application form, please click here. We strongly encourage you to contact your local Western Alliance Research Translation Coordinator if you require support to prepare your application. If you have any other questions regarding the grants in general or your eligibility, please contact

Topic Focus: Pathology Mislabeling

Articles to get you thinking about Pathology Mislabeling:

Al Saleem, N., & Al-Surimi, K. (2016). Reducing the occurrence of errors in a laboratory's specimen receiving and processing department. BMJ Open Quality. 5:u211474.w4624.

Bolton-Maggs, P. H., Wood, E. M., & Wiersum-Osselton, J. C. (2015). Wrong blood in tube - potential for serious outcomes: can it be prevented?. British Journal of Haematology168(1), 3–13.

Francis, D. L., Prabhakar, S., & Sanderson, S. O. (2009). A quality initiative to decrease pathology specimen-labeling errors using radiofrequency identification in a high-volume endoscopy center. The American Journal of Gastroenterology104(4), 972–975.

Norgan, A. P., Simon, K. E., Feehan, B. A., Saari, L. L., Doppler, J. M., Welder, G. S., Sedarski, J. A., Yoch, C. T., Comfere, N. I., Martin, J. A., Bartholmai, B. J., & Reichard, R. R. (2020). Radio-frequency identification specimen tracking to improve quality in anatomic pathology. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine144(2), 189–195.

Sandhu, P., Bandyopadhyay, K., Ernst, D. J., Hunt, W., Taylor, T. H., Jr, Birch, R., Krolak, J., & Geaghan, S. (2017). Effectiveness of Laboratory Practices to Reducing Patient Misidentification Due to Specimen Labeling Errors at the Time of Specimen Collection in Healthcare Settings: LMBP™ Systematic Review. The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine2(2), 244–258.

Dorevitch Pathology has created guides for the collection of specimens. The Specimen Collection Instruction Manual will assist you in the collection of pathology specimens. The Swab and Tube Collection guides contain an overview of the correct tubes to use for these tests. Certain special tests require additional collection instructions:

Swab and Tube Guides


Changes to the Clinicans Health Channel
Over the last month Clinicans Health Channel has undergone some resourcing changes, some items have been dropped from the collection, such as journals and the summon discovery search, and new pharmacy resources have been added. New resources include: Palliative Care Formulary, Martindale's Adverse Drug Reactions, and the Paediatric Injectable Guidelines. 

Reminder: If you have not already done so you will need to renew your eTheraputic Guidelines token, you can also get a new one if you have missed out previously. In the mobile App select "Institutional user login".

To use BMJ best practice, you will need to be connected to the South West Healthcare network, or have a Clinicians Health Channel account.

To install BMJ Best Practice:

  1. Register for a BMJ Best Practice personal account
  2. Download the BMJ Best Practice app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store
  3. Open the app and login using your BMJ Best Practice username and password, you do not need an institutional number.

AccessMedicine trial. AccessMedicine provides medical students with a variety of resources needed to excel; helps interns and registrars, and nurse practitioners with instant access to videos, self-assessment, and leading medical textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point-of-care; and allows practicing physicians to brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure the best patient outcome. Includes:

  • Leading medical textbooks
  • Extensive multimedia library
  • Differential Diagnosis Tool
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Quick Medical Dx & Rx
  • Self-Assessment
  • 2 Minute Medicine
  • Customizable Patient Education
  • Integrated Drug Database
  • Downloadable Images
  • Cases

There is automatic access on all South West Healthcare computers, if you would like access remotely during this trial period please contact the Library. SWH will be trialing this subscription until December 31, 2020.

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