Library services & resources for Anaesthetics

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.
If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Adult Critical Care Guides
Clinical guide for the management of paediatric critical care patients

Resuscitation Council UK
Statements on COVID-19, CPR and Resuscitation

Critical Care in Adults Rapid guideline

Royal College of Anaesthetists
COVID-19 Information, guidance and resources for intensive care and anaesthetics

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
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They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.

New content

New ebook content added 19/08/21
Applied Anatomy for the FRCA
CRQs for the Final FRCA
Surgical and Anaesthetic Instruments for OSCEs : A Practical Study Guide
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- covers topics for allied health professions
British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for nurses but also includes allied health, CINAHL- international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most health topics including anaesthesia
psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of trauma/injury

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See the library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App

BNF and BNF for Childrenshould work automatically on NHS networked machine, if outside NHS network login with NHS Athens account.
Click here to find out about the free BNF/BNFC App.

ClinicalKey clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations, regular updates to all topics and up to 10 new topics each year

Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) -Health Education England’s suite of high quality content free of charge training (topics incl. COVID-19 programme Anaesthesia, ICU Echo/Ultrasound, Tracheostomy Safety) in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. provided by NICE.

TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

UpToDate– ‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Anaesthetics journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

A and A Practice2018 – 
Acta anaesthesiologica scandinavica1997 – 
Advances in Anesthesia2008 – 
Anaesthesia1997 – 
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine2007 – 
Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine2015 – 
Anesthesia and Analgesia1957 – 
Anesthesiology1995 – 
Anesthesiology Clinics2007 – 
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology2007 – 
BJA Education2015 – 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Clinical Journal of Pain1996 – 
Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care2007 – 
European Journal of Anaesthesiology2004 – 
European journal of pain1997 – 
International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia2007 – 
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia2007 – 
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia2007 – 
Journal of Anesthesia History2015- 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management2007 – 
Lancet (1)1992- 2 months ago 
Lancet (2)2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Pain2000 – 
Pain Reports2016 – 
Pediatric anesthesia1997 – 
Resuscitation 2007- 
Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management2007 – 
Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care2007 – 


Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected anaesthetics and pain ebooks- click title to login with Athens account.
If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

TitleYearEditionFirst Author
AAGBI core topics in anaesthesia20152015Harrop-Griffiths
ABC of Pain 2012 Colvin
Acute pain management : a practical guide.20154thMacintyre
Advanced paediatric life support : a practical approach to emergencies20166thALSG
Airway Management2014 Khan
Anaesthesia, intensive care and perioperative medicine A-Z: an encyclopaedia of principles & practice20196thYentis
Anaesthesia at a glance2013 Stone
Anesthesia and uncommon diseases20126thFleischer
Anesthesia Equipment20213rdEhrenwerth
Anesthesia Secrets20216thKeech
Applied Anatomy for the FRCA 2020Krishnachetty
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
Atlas of common pain syndromes20123rdWaldman
Atlas of interventional pain management20215thWaldman
Atlas of pain injection techniques20142ndO’Connor
Atlas of pain management injection techniques20144thWaldman
Atlas of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia20193rdGray
Atlas of uncommon pain syndromes20143rdWaldman
Basics of anesthesia20187thPardo
Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management is now Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management   
Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia
Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice20206thChestnut
Clinical cases in anesthesia20144thReed
Complications in Anesthesia20183rdFleisher
Complications in Neuroanesthesia2016 Prabhakar
Coté and Lerman’s a practice of anesthesia for infants and children20135thCoté
Cottrell and Young’s Neuroanesthesia20176thCottrell
Crisis management in anesthesiology20152ndGaba
CRQs for the Final FRCA2021Whymark
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide2013 Hagberg
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care.20165thScarth
Duke’s anesthesia secrets20165thDuke
Emergencies in Anaesthesia
Essence of anesthesia practice20184thFleischer
Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care, and peri-operative medicine20195thAl-Shaikh
Essentials of Neuroanesthesia2017 Prabhakar
Essentials of pain medicine20184thBenzon
Evidence-based practice of anesthesiology20133rdFleischer
Graphic anaesthesia : essential diagrams, equations and tables for anaesthesia.2015 Hooper
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20184thHagberg
Handbook for Stoelting’s anesthesia and co-existing disease20134thHines
Handbook of Local Anesthesia20207thMalamed
Kaplan’s cardiac anesthesia : for cardiac and noncardiac surgery20177thKaplan
Kaplan’s essentials of cardiac anesthesia for cardiac surgery20182ndKaplan
Kaplan’s Essentials of Cardiac Anesthesia for Noncardiac Surgery2019 Kaplan
Lecture notes: clinical anaesthesia20175thGwinnutt
The MGH textbook of anesthetic equipment2011 Sandberg
Miller’s anesthesia20209thGropper
Non-Operating Room Anesthesia2015 Weiss
Nunn’s applied respiratory physiology20107thLumb
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient2014 Dodds
Pain management20112ndWaldman
Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician. 2015 Symons
Perioperative transesophageal echocardiography: a companion to Kaplan’s cardiac anesthesia2014 Reich
Pharmacology and physiology for anesthesia: foundations and clinical application.20192ndHemmings
Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia20135thHensley
Practical management of pain20145thBenzon
Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children20196thCote
Pre-hospital anesthesia handbook20162ndLowes
Preparing to pass the FRCA2016 Whymark
Primary FRCA in a box20192ndArmstrong
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 1.20162ndWijayasiri
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 2.20162ndMcCombe
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 2.20162ndMcCombe
SBAs for the Final FRCA2019 Whymark
Smith’s anesthesia for infants and children20179thDavis
Stoelting’s anesthesia and co-existing disease20187thHines
Stoelting’s handbook of pharmacology and physiology in anesthetic practice.20153rdStoelting
Surgical and Anaesthetic Instruments for OSCEs : A Practical Study Guide 2020Yan
TEE pocket manual2011 Groban
Wall and Melzack’s textbook of pain20136thMcMahon
Ward’s anaesthetic equipment20126thDavey