National Library of Medicine Resources Support Information Needs of Haiti Earthquake Medical Response
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library and an arm of the Institutes of Health (NIH), announces three new resources created to provide reliable health and medical information to persons in post-earthquake Haiti.
- NLM offers a compilation of resources for medical teams responding to the Haiti earthquake on its Health Resources for Haiti page. The page includes Creole-language materials for non-Creole speakers to use in healthcare settings, as well as information on traumatic injuries, mass fatalities, mental health, and the public health consequences of the earthquake damage. A widget for the Health Resources for Haiti page is now available. Information on how to "get this widget" is found at: http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/widgetdimrc.html.
- In partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and members of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers and other publishers, NLM announces the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 65 select reference books for medical teams responding to the earthquake in Haiti and the libraries supporting their efforts. The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) collection consists of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and emergency medicine-related titles. EAI 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 healthcare personnel responding to a specific disaster.
- NLM's popular site for consumer-friendly information, MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), offers selected health information in Haitian Creole (Kreyol) at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/haitiancreole.html. These authoritative, easy-to-read materials also have English translations and deal with such topics as infections, disaster recovery, and food and water concerns.
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