Online Information

This section contains information about how to obtain access to books, journals, and videos to assist in education and patient care.

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General

Teaching-Aids at Low Cost (TALC) is a non-profit organization that distributes low-cost texts, journals, and CD's to clinicians in developing countries (www.talcuk.org)

Global HELP (Health Education using Low-Cost Publications) provides free health care information to developing countries, mostly orthopedics conditions (http://global-help.org)

FreeBooks4Doctors! offers online access to anatomy texts, as well as antibiotic guides, the Merck Manual, a neonatology handbook, and other resources (www.freebooks4doctors.org

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Texts

Paediatric Surgery:  A Comprehensive Text for AfricaEdited 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 (to be published 2010).  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.

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).

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, the classic text available online (www.bartleby.com/107)

Primary Surgery:  Volume 1 (Non-Trauma), by Maurice King.  Online surgical text with section on pediatric surgery (www.meb.uni-bonn.de/dtc/primsurg/index.html)

Primary Surgery:  Volume 2 (Trauma), by Maurice King.  Online surgical test with detailed information about management of many specific traumatic injuries (www.primary-surgery.org/ps/vol2/html/index.html)

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 (www.landesbioscience.com/books/vademecum/id/2558)

Surgery for Victims of War, by Chris Giannou and Marco Baldan.  Online text with basics of managing war injuries (www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/p0446)

EMedicine from WebMD offers online access to a pediatric surgery textbook

EMedicine from WebMD offers online access to a general surgery textbook 

APSA (American Pediatric Surgical Association) has an extensive online library of common pediatric surgical diseases

 

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Journals

PubMed Central contains many journals that are immediately accessible for free, some with delayed accessibility; there are links to sites with full-text articles (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals).

BioMed Central provides free open access to certain journals, aimed at increasing access for surgeons in developing countries.

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).

AJOL (African Journals On Line) offers free online access to African scholarly journals (www.ajol.info)

PLOS (Public Library of Science) offers online journals free accessible to anyone in the world (www.plosmedicine.org)

Amedeo offers online access to medical literature, with access to full-text articles (www.amedeo.com)

The Ptolemy Project allows African surgeons to access the University of Toronto's electronic library

Pediatric Surgery Update is an electronic newsletter edited by Humberto Lugo Vicente in Puerto Rico, including an online pediatric surgery handbook (http://home.coqui.net/titolugo).

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.

African Journal of Paediatric Surgery offers free online access to full-text articles (www.afrjpaedsurg.org

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.

FreeMedicalJournals provides a list of all medical journals that offer free online access (http://freemedicaljournals.com).

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.

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Videos

WeBSurg (World Electronic Book of Surgery):  Founded by Jacques Marescaux at IRCAD, this website requires free registration for use (http://www.websurg.com)

WeBSurg videos of pediatric minimally invasive procedures:  The largest collection of pediatric minimally invasive videos, as well as interviews with experts, some translated into Spanish and French.

SAGES video library:  Free access to website, most videos geared toward adult surgery (http://www.sages.org/video)

Karl Storz Network1 Video library:  Requires free registration to view videos (http://www.karlstorznetwork1.com/specialties.cfm#Pediatrics)

 

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Trauma Resources

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.

FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma):  Online primer demonstrating how to perform the exam (www.trauma.org/index.php/main/article/214).

World Wide Wounds:  Practical information on how to manage many different types of wounds (www.worldwidewounds.com).  

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Safe Surgery Initiatives

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."

 

Espanol

Red Virtual de Cirugía Pediátrica contains videos of procedures, free access to the Mexican Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and recordings of recent national conferences.

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)

 

Francais

Pediatric Surgical Safety Checklist (French), submitted by Shawn Rangel (Click here to download pdf file)

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