Jun 072013

This week, we’ve enjoyed kicking off the summer season – and the launch of our new ECU Division of Health Sciences Twitter and LinkedIn pages – by participating in National Sun Safety Week. It’s a topic that hits home for all of the schools and colleges within our division, as sun damage can affect all parts of the body.

Our research-based tweet tips are a good place to start for those of us who need a sun safety refresher course heading into the warmest months of the year. But protecting your skin from harmful rays can be just as much about what not to do.  With that in mind, here are four ways some sun worshippers get burned:

1)      Skipping sunscreen on overcast or cloudy days. A common misconception is that the risk of sunburn on cloudy days is less, but the sun’s damaging UV light can pass through clouds (in fact, up to 40% of UV radiation reaches earth on a completely cloudy day!). So, don’t let the weather be what determines your SPF use; wear it no matter the forecast.

2)      Putting off dermatology check-ups. While skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer, it is also one of the most treatable. The key is to get checked regularly – especially if you fall into any of these high-risk categories.

3)      Neglecting to reapply. Many times, we think we’re covered by lathering up with sunscreen once. Not true, says the American Academy of Dermatology: sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours and/or after swimming or sweating heavily, perhaps after a rigorous game of beach volleyball. Keep that sunscreen bottle by your bag, rather than buried at the bottom of it.

4)      Assuming the sun can’t find you in certain places, times or by wearing “protective” covering. We often think about getting sunburned in the obvious places and ways: usually, on the beach, in a bathing suit, on a hot summer day. While that’s certainly a high-risk setting for overexposure, UV rays can also hit us in everyday places we don’t think about: in the car, through our clothes, and in mountainous or wooded areas. The lesson: use sunscreen liberally no matter the time, place – or outfit.

Keep sun safety in mind all year round and you’ll ward off skin cancer – and be able to enjoy the warm summer weather that much more.


May 072013

There are some lessons you can’t learn from a book – like how to thrive in the fast-paced world of nursing.

For our students studying the complex procedural techniques demanded of today’s nurses, reading instructions out of a textbook is no substitute for the real thing. That’s why Laupus Library works with the Division of Health Sciences to provide learning resources that give our students hands-on, real-world exposure to their intended field.

On and off-campus, College of Nursing students have access to cutting-edge, interactive technological resources that complement the traditional curriculum they study hard to master. On campus, our students have access to the state of the art simulation lab, where they can practice scenarios that might take place in an everyday primary care setting. And at home, they can access step-by-step tutorials using our expanding video library, which now includes the Nursing Education in Video collection from Alexander St. Press.

Nursing Education in Video is an expansive collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants and other healthcare workers. All of the videos are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are accurate and contain the most up to date information. They also meet all OSHA and CMS regulations.

The collection is available now via the e-resources page: http://www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary/research/erinfo.cfm?ID=337 . MARC records for individual video titles will be added when available.

For questions about this tool, or any of the other resources that we offer at Laupus, come by or contact us here. We look forward to learning with you.

–Kelly R. Dilda
Public Communications Specialist
Laupus Library

Apr 182013

Anyone who’s ever fired up Firefox is familiar with YouTube, Vimeo and other free – and often entertaining – sources of streaming videos. We know those sites are great for sneezing pandas and keyboard-typing cats, but what if you’re looking for an instructional video on an important topic in your area of research?

ECU libraries subscribe to a number of authoritative video sources that cover a huge variety of educational topics, including the health sciences. The sources below are particularly useful to our Division of Health Sciences community:

Laupus Library provides access to all of these video streaming services both on and off-campus; Health Sciences community members need only enter their PirateID. So, just like YouTube, members of the Health Sciences community can watch from their couches.

And because many of the links are sharable, it’s easy for students and faculty to link to the actual videos from within BlackBoard or a class website, making the learning experience more interactive. These videos are another example of how Laupus Library – and the entire ECU campus – continues adopting forward-thinking learning tools that meet our students where they already are: online.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to access and use these videos, please Contact Us at Laupus for more information.

–Beth Ketterman
Laupus Library

Mar 292013

Thirty percent of Pitt and Martin county children are born into families living in poverty, a disadvantage shown to immediately increase their risk for long-term educational and health challenges.

The good news is that proper care and attention given to children during infancy and toddlerhood has been proven to help transcend the circumstances they’re born into. And these children have advocates in the ECU Division of Health Sciences.

One advocate is Dr. Tom Irons, associate vice chancellor for health sciences and professor of pediatrics in the Brody School of Medicine. Irons has dedicated his career to helping children born into poverty meet their developmental milestones so they can start their primary education on equal footing with their peers.

On March 22, Irons was the keynote speaker at the State of the Young Child Breakfast, co-hosted by the United Way of Pitt County and the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children.

“It is important to provide children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment during this critical time in their lives,” he told the crowd. “The child that develops in a healthy environment has a brain that is hardwired for success.”

The event also included a panel discussion featuring Abigail Jewkes, associate professor of child development and family relations at ECU, Pitt County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory and N.C. Rep. Brian Brown.

The panel encouraged investment in early childhood development and reinforced Irons’ message that children who receive adequate early care “have the best possible chance for a successful career in school and, ultimately, as a contributor to society.”

Irons and his career exemplify the central mission of the ECU Division of Health Sciences: We are committed to serving and improving the health of the citizens of Eastern North Carolina. That’s something that happens one patient at a time, and what better place to start than our children?

Read more about Irons and his dedication to improving health care access for North Carolina patients who need it most.   


Mar 152013

Now, patient care is literally at the fingertips of ECU’s Health Sciences community members.

Laupus Library now provides faculty and students with access to the Electronic Preventative Services Selector (ePSS) patient care platform. The tool, which is offered as both a web-based platform and a downloadable app, is designed to help primary care physicians and health teams identify, prioritize and offer screening, counseling and preventative medication services to patients.

ePSS utilizes current, evidence-based recommendations by the U.S. Preventative Services and can be searched based on patient characteristics such as age, sex and selected risk factors. Then, ePSS produces recommendations that are grouped and graded based on the criteria entered.

ePSS does much more than just generate recommendations, though. It also offers tools for implementation including screeners, patient education brochures, risk assessment tools and more.

Installation instructions can be found here: http://epss.ahrq.gov/PDA/index.jsp. The service was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The staff at Laupus Library remains committed to keeping everyone in the ECU Division of Health Sciences equipped with the latest tools to help our students and faculty work and learn more efficiently.

If you’re interested in learning more about ePSS, as well as other resources we offer, please join us for our final Mobile Library Resources Class of the semester. The class will be held April 10 from 3-4 pm in Laupus room 3503.

–Kelly Rogers Dilda
Public Communications Specialist
Laupus Library