Though I entered a wee bit late, I did catch most of “Starting from Scratch: Establishing a Role for An Informationist On Rounds”. A topic that was put together by the combo of Alison Aldrich and Stephanie Schulte. The inherent challenges an Informationist would/could face undertaking such an enterprise were quite transparent. We could see the nuts and bolts such as archiving articles from rounds for resident to access, to including the best search strategies for clinicians to evaluate. However, what stuck out most to be was becoming acclimated to the culture and pace of going on rounds.
I don’t think that’s a small protocol. In fact, I think that could be quite an eye-opener. As you’re rolling along at a new pace, I can easily see how all the various “drive-bys” (yesssss, I know it’s not like picking up fast food) could seem a bit intimidating. Witnessing patient evaluations on the fly is not the same as configuring search strategies in the privacy of your own particular cyber-realm. Real life is always more than we bargain for, I would imagine that rings especially true in hospitals.
Joan Bartlett gave us “The Impact and Information Services on Patient-Care Outcomes – A Canadian Perspective.” Joan stated that “Libraries save lives,” and then set out, along with her trusty value survey, to prove it. Through her stats a connection was made between how library business impacted the work of clinicians. ACTUALLY, truth be told………
Jane Surtees, a UK Librarian, dovetailed right into much the same territory. From a theoretical perspective. Jane’s “Converting Care To Currency: The Impact of UpToDate on Test Avoided, Length of Stay, Time Saved, and Referrals Prevented in a Large UK Acute Hospital Trust” — reported on the value of a much-publicized resource, UpToDate (cue the boo and hissing) to show how the usage of UTD could save a plethora of hospital-related issues. Jane’s research looked at cost-effectiveness, accessibility of data, and tests avoided by patients (this last one came up BIG in terms of $$$$ saved). While the audience reactions seemed to focus on the UpToDate villainy, it’s worth mentioning that these studies didn’t represent the entire “book” on what UTD can or can’t deliver. But no fights broke out, and the bloodletting was kept to a minimum