Posted by: menotmd | February 26, 2010

Disseminate WIDELY – Free Health Information for Haiti Earthquake responders

Disseminate WIDELY, as in you know I got a BIG MOUTH – WIDE. At least, that is the instructions I got. Just so we are clear, I got this off the medical librarian listserv and I, in no way, shape or form contributed to putting this list together. I am just a medium (yeah, all I did was cut and pasted). Big Ups to the National Library of Medicine (always!) for doing their thing and some kudos for those publishers who are giving the masses access to some VERY expensive databases.

For Haiti earthquake health care responders

The following online medical information resources are available at no cost, thanks to the generosity of participating publishers. Most of these resources are usually available only by paid subscription. Publishers have made these resources available for health care providers responding to the Haiti earthquake.

Emergency Access Initiative, This online collection provides access to 200+ popular medical journals. It also includes over 60 e-books, including the Merck Manual, Harrison’s Internal Medicine, basic textbooks, drug handbooks, and titles on emergency medicine, infectious diseases, toxicology, post-disaster public health and more. Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and participating publishers. For assistance with the Emergency Access Initiative, please email or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.

Infectious Diseases of Haiti
, This guide covers the 198 infectious diseases known to occur in Haiti and is based on the resources of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network (GIDEON).

GIDEON, User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. GIDEON is a knowledge management tool used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology, and antimicrobial chemotherapy.

DynaMed, User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. DynaMed has summaries for nearly 3,000 disease topics and 800 drug records. The information is from medical journals, associations, and contributing clinicians and is intended for health professionals.

Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for Haiti earthquake
, This page provides access to Haiti-relevant reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The complete Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is available through the Emergency Access Initiative, see above.

Joint Language University, This DOD-sponsored website has Haitian Creole language materials that can be downloaded from their home page. You can learn very basic introductory phrases along with targeted medical, police, and military terminology.

MedlinePlus,, AND Mobile MedlinePlus, Basic health information for the general public, plus patient information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Also in Spanish. This content is always no-cost.

Health Resources for Haiti, A compilation of links to resources for medical teams responding to the Haiti earthquake. The page includes Creole-language materials for non-Creole speakers to use in healthcare settings, as well information on traumatic injuries, mass fatalities, mental health, and the public health consequences of the earthquake damage. This content is always no-cost. Get the widget for Health Resources for Haiti.


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