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Disaster Health Information Outreach 2013-2014 North Central Texas Disaster Health Information Initiative
Texas Health Fort Worth Harris Methodist Hospital, Medical Library Goals • Increase awareness and utilization of NLM databases, including WISER, CHEMM, REMM and MedlinePlus to emergency management personnel, medical first responders, healthcare providers, community liaisons. • Expand the Library’s current role and partner with THR Emergency Management, THFW Safety Office, and MedStar EMS Mobile Healthcare. • Increase access to equipment and software that Emergency Management and other healthcare personnel can use at multiple facilities when managing a crisis.
What we accomplished • Secured partnership commitments • Hired a library student as an assistant to help with program objectives • Created courses teaching WISER, CHEMM, and REMM databases and awarded CME and CNE credits to participants • Offered 20 in person courses through-out Texas Health System and recorded 1 session to make available on-demand to employees • Participated in hospital disaster drills on October 16th, 2013 and on April 9th, 2014 as observer/event recorder
What we accomplished (2) • Outreach Librarian took 15 hours of coursework offered by MLA and received certification as a Disaster Health Information Specialist • Provided 12 mini iPads to Emergency Management Coordinators • Identified pertinent iPad mobile disaster applications and pre-loaded these applications before iPad deployment • Provided 2 mobile incident management carts to 2 hospitals • Pre and post course database questions to understand participant knowledge and comprehension • Follow-up survey sent 2 months following instruction to gage retention and use of databases
Challenges • Administrative work can be time consuming • Gathered vendor quotes 3 times • Nursing Continuing Education had lengthy accreditation and course evaluation reporting procedures to follow • Security, Police, Patient Advocates, Volunteer groups were not reached out to • Inter-departmental learning experiences • Texas Health Research and Education Institute requirements • Finance and Accounting requirements • Equipment processing • Reimbursement through NIH
Positive Outcomes • Recognition within the THR System as an inter-department collaborator with prestige of being awarded funding from National Library of Medicine/ NIH • Invited to attend THFW Disaster Committee Meetings and Disaster Drill sub-committee meetings • Invited to continue educational partnership with MedStar EMS Mobile Healthcare • 74% of course attendees encouraged co-workers to access WISER, CHEMM, and REMM • 90% of course attendees are interested in viewing this course again or a similar course on disaster information resources
Thank you! We are grateful for the support! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Scarlett Burchfield, Library Manager: ScarlettBurchfield@TexasHealth.org Jack Bullion, Lead Librarian: JohnBullion@TexasHealth.org Jamie Furrh Quinn, Outreach Librarian: JamieQuinn@TexasHealth.org