This section contains information about how to obtain access to books, journals, and videos to assist in education and patient care.
Global HELP (Health Education using Low-Cost Publications) provides free health care information to developing countries, mostly orthopedics conditions (http://global-help.org)
Paediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for Africa, Edited by Emmanuel Ameh, Stephen Bickler, Kokila Lakhoo, Ben Nwomeh, and Dan Poenaru. Published in 2010, this comprehensive online text covers classic pediatric surgical problems, but it is unique because the authorship is shared by surgeons in Africa who address problems unique to their continent and offer practical solutions that are available there. Though written for surgeons in Africa, it will prove useful to surgeons elsewhere who are practicing in resource-constrained environments. Published by Global HELP (global-help.org/people/people_pedsurgeryafrica.html)
Surgical Care for Children: A Guide for Primary Referral Hospitals, by Stephen Bickler and Emmanuel Ameh. This text is intended to be used by doctors at the primary referral hospital, even if they do not have formal training in pediatric surgery, so that care can be quicker and more cost-effective. Link to amazon.com here.
Surgical Care at the District Hospital, by the World Health Organization. Designed for non-specialist clinicians, it describes basic treatment for common problems and emergencies (pdf version downloadable from the WHO).
Primary Surgery: Volume 2 (Trauma), by Maurice King. Online surgical test with detailed information about management of many specific traumatic injuries (https://www.ghdonline.org/uploads/Primary_Surgery_Vol_2_-_Trauma_ch_50-83.pdf)
Surgery and Healing in the Developing World, by Glen Geelhoed. Online text gives practical advice on how to prepare and work in areas of limited resources (http://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/dhmc-internet-upload/file_collection/geelhoed_surgery.pdf)
APSA (American Pediatric Surgical Association) has an extensive online library of common pediatric surgical diseases
HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) is a WHO program that allows free access to journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, for surgeons in countries with low income; requires registration to prove eligibility (www.who.int/hinari/en).
The Ptolemy Project allows African surgeons to access the University of Toronto's electronic library
Pediatric Surgery International: Lists contents of each issue, but articles are not free to download.
Journal of Pediatric Surgery: Lists contents of each issue, but articles are not free to download.
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery: Lists contents of each issue, but articles are not free to download.
BioMedSearch is a free biomedical literature search database.
medIND allows free searches and full-text downloads of all Indian medical journals, including the Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.
BMJ Group offers free access to full-text journals for surgeons in developing countries.
Virtual Health Library (BIREME: Biblioteca Regional de Medicina) includes full-text electronic journals in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
SCIELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online): provides access to full-text electronic journals, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Directory of Open Access Journals provides free access to full-text scientific journals, including over 300 health sciences journals
pm3mail (PubMed to email) allows email access to Pubmed, where Internet connections are slow; can also be used to access articles via HINARI.
WeBSurg (World Electronic Book of Surgery): Founded by Jacques Marescaux at IRCAD, this website requires free registration for use (http://www.websurg.com). This is the largest collection of pediatric minimally invasive videos, as well as interviews with experts, some translated into Spanish and French.
Karl Storz Network1 Video library: Requires free registration to view videos.
Primary Trauma Care Foundation offers a practical course that standardizes the essentials of trauma care throughout the world; free online course manuals are available in several different languages (www.primarytraumacare.org)
GPAS Prehospital Initiative: Advanced Scoop-and-Run is a course offered to Ugandan taxi drivers and police to encourage safe and rapid transport to local hospitals; Powerpoint of course material has basics of resuscitation for lay responders.
Best Practice Guidelines on Emergency Surgical Care in Disaster Situations, by the World Health Organization.
Guidelines for Essential Trauma Care, by the World Health Organization. An essential document that seeks to address specifics of trauma care but also the development of trauma systems.
ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) is not readily available in other countries, but surgeons may apply to offer a course in their countries if criteria are met through the International Promulgation application.
EMST (Early Management of Severe Trauma), adapted from ATLS, is a course offered by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; not available online.
Safe Surgery Saves Lives: WHO program to implement Surgical Safety Checklists
Pediatric Surgical Safety Checklist (English), submitted by Shawn Rangel (Click here to download pdf file)
Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC): WHO program to ensure efficacy, safety, and equity in the provision of clinical procedures, particularly at rural hospitals, district hospitals, and primary health care facilities.
Best Practice Guidelines on Emergency Surgical Care in Disaster Situations: Excerpt from WHO manual "Surgical Care at the District Hospital."
Telesalud is a Colombian website which has many links including teleconsultation, videos, publications, and an atlas of pediatric surgery. (Servicios de Teleconsulta en Dieciséis especialidades médicas, garantizando el acceso a los servicios eficientemente, sin desplazamiento de los pacientes, desde los municipios distantes de las ciudades capitales)
Pediatric Surgery Update contains a list of publications about pediatric surgical diseases, written in Spanish for parents and the non-medical public (Publicaciones de interes sobre cirugia pediatrica, para padres y el publico en general)
Pediatric Surgical Safety Checklist (French), submitted by Shawn Rangel (Click here to download pdf file)