Clinical Update

Clinical Update was the award-winning newsletter published between 1997 and 2016.

You can download an archive of all 75 issues here. Each issue is bookmarked, and the entire archive can now be searched.

Clinical Update Begins

The first issue of Clinical Update was published in September of 1997. It was the brainchild of Jeff McGill, the Vice President of Marketing, as a way to provide nurses with useful information about chest drainage. Working with Pat Carroll, Atrium’s nurse consultant, the newsletter was two pages. It was designed so that each page was self-contained, lending to posting on bulletin boards, or on the back of the stall door in the bathroom, where many notices for nurses were placed back then.

The newsletter was mailed every quarter to nurses who signed up online or at nursing conferences. You may notice some marks on the oldest newsletters in the archives that were scanned; that’s where they were folded for mailing.

From Postal Mail to E-mail

The final issue that was sent by postal mail was December 2003. For a year, nurses were invited to sign up with e-mail addresses. March 2004 was the first all-electronic issue. Over the next few years, feedback from nurses was that they were sharing the newsletters by e-mail within their organizations, no longer posting them where nurses could read them. That permitted changes in format, with longer feature articles, and newsletters extending beyond the original two pages.

Recognition for Excellence in Medical Writing

In 2006, the American Medical Writers Association, New England Chapter, recognized Clinical Update for excellence in medical writing. The award recognizes outstanding work in medical, biomedical, and health communication published during the previous two years.

Receiving the award, Pat Carroll and Jeff McGill.

Moving on After All These Years

Publishing Clinical Update was a labor of love for all concerned. In the past two years, we have shifted our focus to answering questions posed to Ask the Expert and developing resources on evidence-based care. The archive still has a wealth of valuable information, including information in On the Web about free medical statistics books available for download, free medical journals, a variety of pain assessment tools in different languages and for patients with limited literacy skills, and much more. We hope you find it helpful to your practice today.