Emergency Nursing World ! has been pleased to award its distinction of "Cool Web-Find" to selected web documents and entities of special interest and usefulness to emergency nurses and associated emergency professions. Awardees are chosen on the basis of exceptional excellence in value as a resource and for the qualities of presentation using the web medium. We shall also bring forward the less well-known as well as established globally famous mega-sites.
Nominations are always open for potential awards. Awardees will be able to display on their sites the image of the "ENW COOL web-find!" distinction.
ENW recognizes the very difficult and sensitive work done in assaults against women:
ENW suggests that you direct the browser of your new Christmas computer to the web page of Randy Trinkle, BScPharm, BA, of the Pharmacy Department at Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Those who are active in EMED-L, PED-EM-L, etc., will recognize him as a knowledgeable and noted contributor. The links from his page are a worthwhile starting point. And, he points out the value of going outside one's own specialty or occupation to find useful data.
as a fine example of how the U.S. military services are increasingly making information available on the web. This site, in partnership with the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital site, provides topical pointers to many recurring emergency problems (civilian or military) with U.S.N. and other web resources for each topic.
Perhaps the most frequent informational need for emergency nurses concerns drugs. ENW, salutes these internet resources:
ENW wishes to honor the introduction to the Web of a site devoted to the Evidence-Based process in Emergency Medicine and which provides means of formulating and researching questions at . . .
ENW recognizes the new site which reviews in timely fashion the U.S Government's Consumer Product Safety Commission of product injury reports from 100 key hospitals. It also has much other interesting material concerning trends of injury, prevention, and of emergency care. Well done!
ENW salutes the boldly enterprising efforts of Scott Plantz, MD, et al, to place an entire electronically searchable and retrievable articles textbook of emergency medicine online. Nearly complete, and seeking digitalized images to enhance the text, is . . .
This week, ENW features web contributions originating from Australia.
Gasbone, an anaesthesiology & intensive care web project of the University of Queensland, has many interesting presentations: Dr. Cumpston's ABC's of Trauma Resuscitation, Dr. Palmer's video Insertion of the Laryngeal Mask Airway, or slide show of Intravenous Sedation In Dentistry, or Dr. Moloney's Airway Assessment and the Difficult Intubation
This week and next, ENW features web contributions originating from Australia. "Livtrauma" is fresh, friendly, and bright, with a look at their algorithms, protocols, newsletters, large collection of x-rays, quizzes, photos, and regional programme. Enjoy and explore all of its worthwhile features.
ENW wishes to bring attention to the highly-regarded, well-annotated, (and downloadable as well as online) resource to be found at The University of Hawaii's site of Dr. Lauren Yamamoto's (et al):
You will find interesting and challenging studies with strong clinical perspective. And, find information about the Fifitieth State, the University, and its Pediatric Residency. Aloha!
ENW agrees that "Weekly Web Review in Emergency Medicine is dedicated to the critical analysis of current clinical literature on topics relevant to the practice of emergency medicine." For that reason this is a very worthwhile and timesaving site for clear understanding and critique of pertinent issues.
ENW has, at the suggestion of Deborah Molitoris who is Webmaster for this week's selection, reviewed the outstanding page of
which presents outstanding resources for SLE and many other rheumatologic problems that are clearly, sensibly, and attractively arranged. Support information, drugs, tests, glossaries, many links, are quickly found. This will be my first internet stop on all rheum matters, and should be yours.
ENW was recently reminded by Alan Clark, MD, of the reference value of PEDBASE designed by Dr. Alan Gandy(MD.,PhD.,FRCP(C). Over 500 syndromes and illnesses are compiled, derived from several references, outline the origin and genetics,epidemiology and natural history of the disease, testing and therapeutic strategies, and other Internet links, are covered. The complete database is also downloadable as shareware.
ENW brings to your attention exceptional resources for the broad concerns of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to be found at:
Emergency Nursing shares commonalities of interest, outlook, and background with Critical Care Nursing . . . These colleagues share the web.
ENW thanks Dr. Alan Clark of Emergency Minded for his nomination of:
This comprehensive pathology site with personality and opinion is the creation of Dr. Ed Friedlander at the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO. It is accessible and good for those quick brush-ups on many disease states and injuries, even for pleasurable browsing to put back some of the science in what we do. You can read up on the obscure or bizzare, the Kennedy Assasination, clarify concepts on manners of death as to whether natural vs. accidental, suicidal, homicidal, or therapeutic misadventure. Review a portion or system at a time and enjoy.
ENW selects an unusual resource for this week's COOL Web-Find: The Department of Anaesthesia of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada makes its "Green Book" for Anaesthesia Residents available on the web. Of particular value to emergency nurses is the reference of
Implications of Children's Syndromes [from Toronto's Hospital for Sick
This allows you to quickly look up online many developmental problems or other syndromes (often eponymous) that a child may have for a thumbnail description and outline of anaesthetic/resuscitative considerations. Since most are seen infrequently in an ED, such data may not be in the forefront of our memory. "Syndromes" (their title; ---the above is for bookmark clarity) is a very useful reference to the ED's computer bookmark list.
ENW presents an especially well-merited COOL Web-Find to Cynthia Bissell, RN, whose web-creation, as both a nurse and mother of children with special needs, has provided a comprehensive web-resource for home care of tracheostomies and an insight into lives affected by artificial airways and other special needs.
Katie Shea Kalata RN BSN MS MBA at Oakton Community College has set an example to follow of using html and the web to disseminate course content, provide instructional availability, and linkage to other resources in . . .
(Although the content is intended for nursing students rather than working nurses, the links are very useful, and her example can be adapted for other content.)
ENW honors Deb Willard, a Canadian nurse whose page on Emergency Nursing has clinical and personal content, and offers an online chat site. Her
appears as part of the larger complex known as Virtual Nurse which has much else to offer.
ENW posts as COOL Web-Finds the nominations of its readers and other findings:
From J. Michael Battig & Belinda Heaton at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR, who simply wished a link but deserve greater attention
From Tina Denetclaw, a contributor to our humor page and to Alan Clark's page Emergency Minded
Previous Winner, Dr. D. John Doyle of the University of Toronto has done considerable revision of his many airway and anesthesia sites . . .
Albert Ng submits his . . .
Seth Grant has a well done and different look at emergency medicine . . .
ENW points to worthwhile resources in Burn Care:
And, as a reminder of the human impact of burn injuries . . .
Resources for fire safety and understanding of fire . . .
ENW recognizes the importance of orthopedics with these links of quick information and the AAOS home page:
This week, ENW recognizes the inter-relationship of mind and body. "Mens sana in corpore sano." Many patients who present for emergency care have some element of emotional distress or even frank psychiatric disease. The hospital emergency department, whether seen as sanctuary by the troubled or the community's buffer zone for its ills by the authorities, often must interact with those whose problem is "supra-tentorial." The following resources are too comprehensive to describe here and can find whatever information you need.
When sudden injury or illness strikes at vision, often the ED is the most appropriate resource, and usually the only one "after-hours." Whether conjunctivitis, foreign-body sensation, or emergencies such as chemical burns, acute glaucoma, or central retinal artery thrombosis, care that is really beneficial, and a chance to help the patient learn important information occurs when we deal with eye problems.
This specialist organization has a well-organized variety of fascinating information for both the public and for professionals.
Billed as "The Gathering Place for Visionaries in Eye Care - The Web's Most Comprehensive Site for Ophthalmology Content & Links", this mock town is a comprehensive site including those all-important downloadable patient brochures, resources, a number of optho-photo sources, CME, meetings announcements, etc.
This is an excellent teaching quiz with photos and diagrams and a good general introduction to eye problems seen in an ED. It comes to you from the folks at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center. Don't pass it up!
From the Dept. of Opthalmology at SUNY-Buffalo comes a complete course on Cytomegalovirus Retinitis, a LISTSERV mailing list, reviews of current articles, a "web-book" on strabismus and other pedi-optho problems.
Among the most common and frequent reasons for which patients come to an emergency department are afflictions of the skin. The skin is the largest of bodily organs and is complex and essential in its functioning. Whether rash, drug or allergic reaction, "bug-bite," exanthem, cutaneous manifestation of internal disease, infestation, or "whaddya think this is?", we often need useful resources in Dermatology.
Some portions of this are still in outline form, but the scope is broad and the arrangement good, many photographs sampled during review were external links. As this site grows to fulfill its outline, it should become even more useful.
This week, ENW, honors SUNY_Syracuse for its Department of Neurosurgery's fine teaching files on:
This is an outstanding, and fun, manual for (of course,) residents and medical students: ---but, guys, we're out there too, and we all need to work together! This is just too good to waste!
Rich resources for neurologic interests are at:
For definitive imaging examples go to:
This Week, ENW, honors several noteworthy web sources in Toxicology ---a field in which the organized rapid sharing and distribution of information, aided by computers, has demonstrated its beneficial impact on patient care through regional poison control centers.
It is a widespread custom on the Internet to include a humor section or some light-hearted or off-the-wall content. ENW has such a page, itself. This week, however, ENW points the way to a cheerful year with some reliable sites devoted to the humorous aspects of the work we do . . .
January 12, 1997
This week, ENW welcomes to the web, and to the list of honorees receiving the ENW COOL Web-Find Distinction, Alan Clark, MD and his "broad-spectrum" site with a uniquely personal flavor:
It offers a blend of tips, software, essays and personal views (read what "Marge-In-Charge" did to determine LOC!), that convey enthusiasm, dedication, and love for the work. . .
January 5, 1997
This week, ENW wishes to start the new year by honoring excellent examples of how computers may alter and improve teaching and testing of professional judgement and skills through interactivity. These sites deal with aspects of our work from reception and resuscitation of trauma, ambulatory care, and critical care nursing assessing and monitoring responses to illness and treatment.
Trauma Moulage© from Trauma.Org
This week, ENW demonstrates its continuing strong interest in emergency airway management by honoring
John's Airway/Respiratory InfoCenter
Laryngeal Mask Airway Web Page
the extraordinarily valuable compendia maintained by D. John Doyle MD PhD FRCPC FCCP of the University of Toronto's Department of Anesthesiology and the Toronto Hospital. Even among anesthesiology sites, this page pays greater attention to airway management than any other. It is not to be missed.
This week, ENW awards the "ENW Cool Web-Find Distinction" to the national professional organization of our specialty:
Emergency Nurses Association
ENW also recognizes the emergency nursing web presence of:
eelston's "Fast Track" Home
See also John Stewart's discussion of emergency defibrillation in non-critical care areas of hospitals:
This week, ENW must pay tribute to the growing number of specialized medical search engines and content finders. This is a season of appreciation, thankfulness, and scarce time and crowded days: these pages help us make the most of our web time. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night of medical web surfing!
ACHOO AVICENNA HEALTH A2Z HEALTHGATE
Doctor's Guide to the Internet Edmund's Home Page
MedConnect MedExplorer Medical Matrix Medscape
and, of course,
YAHOO!s Medicine section
This week, ENW again presents a cluster of pages with a common theme, but each of sufficient merit to have individually earned their Distinction of "ENW COOL Web-Find of the Week". These pages represent the very best web presence of and for student nurses. They supply support, resources, and insights into various areas and specialties of practice. Check these excellent pages and e-mail them your appreciation.
Student WWW Page
Pam's Place on the
Student Nurse's Network (update:12/11/96 This site now discontinued by its webmaster)
This week, ENW presents a cluster of pediatric pages and web resources to show not only their own great merits but to bring to you the many others that we cannot bring you at one time. Each of these sites is distinguished, presentable, points to valuable links, and show a great deal of work.
The home of the very useful mailing list
Points of Interest
Vast links to all things pediatric
Well-organized indices and pointers
PedsCCM - The Pediatric
Critical Care Website
The spectrum from the standard to the sophisticated
The Archives of
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
The AMA journal of the specialty with online abstracts and some full-text
From these sites you should be able to reach any pediatric portion of the web.
The COOL Web-Find! is awarded to a plain small chest of two
hundred clinical pearls in the form of Dr. Tom
Stair's and Dr. Phillip Buttarvaroli's Common Simple Emergencies
an html collection of brief outlines of straight-forward diagnosis and treatment taught to Georgetown University's fourth-year medical students and house officers. This can be referred to on a local computer to aid junior house and nursing staff with those recurring presentations. Its model for well serve as an impetus to your own department's database of "how we do it here." A good addendum to an orientation program.
The COOL Web-Find! is awarded to The Virtual Hospital [http://vh.radiology.uiowa.edu/] Presented by the Electric Differential Multimedia Laboratory, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa. This well-known and critically acclaimed tour de'force of health and medical web publishing is a fine example of the capacity of the web to teach and inform whether to professionals or to the public. Its materials comprise much of the spectrum of medicine. The family practice handbook alone is worth a web-trip and is but one example of many. Check the Outline of the Virtual Hospital, and plan to spend some "quality web-time" with the University of Iowa.
The COOL Web-Find! is awarded to:
EMBBS Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Home Page by EMBBS
from Drs. Ash Nashed and Glenn Fink in New Jersey. This is a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED-SITE for anyone in emergency care. They present a top-grade practice-based EM site with many features: ACLS/PALS simulators, EKG cases, Radiology and CT Image files, photo files, toxicology, residency information, medical software,the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine "Clinical Pearls" files has thorough discussion of cases, links to many other resources, etc. There is clinical value here for anyone. An extraordinary example of encompassing EM topics in a single site.
For presentation of its first award, ENW has chosen to make a dual award to the same institution: Vanderbilt University's excellent nine-part Emergency Airway Management Guide from its Department of Anesthesiology faculty. It is comprehensive, well-organized, thorough, referenced, and has excellent views of direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation. It deals with the difficult and complex as well as the common.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt has excellent teaching files of medical photos, x-rays, ekg's, and mnemonics. This is a clear and exceptional offering.
Other schools, departments, and divisions at VUMC have commendable pages which run above average. Other resources may be found, curriculum objectives, and interesting monographs. The entire web presence of VUMC is attractively and cohesively organized. The product of much work and thought is evident.
Visit these web offerings, absorb the knowledge, "tour" the rest of Vanderbilt University's Medical Center, and send of a note of thanks to the Webmaster to share with the authors in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Emergency Medicine.