Library services & resources for Anaesthetics

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books  

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


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Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
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New content

New ejournal content added 11/02/2021
Clinical Journal of Pain 1996-
European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2004-
Pain 2000-
Pain Reports 2016-
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 09/12/2020
Anesthesia Equipment
Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia

Handbook of Local Anesthesia
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 04/11/2020
SBAs for the Final FRCA
Note 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Coverage Notes
A and A Practice 2018 –
Acta anaesthesiologica scandinavica 1997 –
Advances in Anesthesia 2008 –
Anaesthesia 1997 –
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine 2007 –
Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine 2015 –
Anesthesia and Analgesia 1957 –
Anesthesiology 1995 –
Anesthesiology Clinics 2007 –
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology 2007 –
BJA Education 2015 –
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Case Reports 2008- 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 Pain 1996 –
Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care 2007 –
Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology 1998 –
European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2004 –
European journal of pain 1997 –
International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia 2007 –
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2007 –
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2007 –
Journal of Anesthesia History 2015-
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2007 –
Lancet (1) 1992- 2 months ago
Lancet (2) 2007-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Pain 2000 –
Pain Reports 2016 –
Pediatric anesthesia 1997 –
Resuscitation  2007-
Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management 2007 –
Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2007 –





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


Title Year Edition First Author
AAGBI core topics in anaesthesia 2015 2015 Harrop-Griffiths
ABC of Pain  2012 Colvin
Acute pain management : a practical guide. 2015 4th Macintyre
Advanced paediatric life support : a practical approach to emergencies 2016 6th ALSG
Airway Management 2014 Khan
Anaesthesia, intensive care and perioperative medicine A-Z: an encyclopaedia of principles & practice 2019 6th Yentis
Anaesthesia at a glance 2013 Stone
Anesthesia and uncommon diseases 2012 6th Fleischer
Anesthesia Equipment 2021 3rd Ehrenwerth
Anesthesia Secrets 2021 6th Keech
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
2020 2nd Baker
Atlas of common pain syndromes 2012 3rd Waldman
Atlas of interventional pain management 2021 5th Waldman
Atlas of pain injection techniques 2014 2nd O’Connor
Atlas of pain management injection techniques 2014 4th Waldman
Atlas of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia 2019 3rd Gray
Atlas of uncommon pain syndromes 2014 3rd Waldman
Basics of anesthesia 2018 7th Pardo
Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management is now Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management
Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia
2021 6th Farag
Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice 2020 6th Chestnut
Clinical cases in anesthesia 2014 4th Reed
Complications in Anesthesia 2018 3rd Fleisher
Complications in Neuroanesthesia 2016 Prabhakar
Coté and Lerman’s a practice of anesthesia for infants and children 2013 5th Coté
Cottrell and Young’s Neuroanesthesia 2017 6th Cottrell
Crisis management in anesthesiology 2015 2nd Gaba
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide 2013 Hagberg
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care. 2016 5th Scarth
Duke’s anesthesia secrets 2016 5th Duke
Emergencies in Anaesthesia
2020 3rd Martin
Essence of anesthesia practice 2018 4th Fleischer
Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care, and peri-operative medicine 2019 5th Al-Shaikh
Essentials of Neuroanesthesia 2017 Prabhakar
Essentials of pain medicine 2018 4th Benzon
Evidence-based practice of anesthesiology 2013 3rd Fleischer
Graphic anaesthesia : essential diagrams, equations and tables for anaesthesia. 2015 Hooper
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management 2018 4th Hagberg
Handbook for Stoelting’s anesthesia and co-existing disease 2013 4th Hines
Handbook of Local Anesthesia 2020 7th Malamed
Kaplan’s cardiac anesthesia : for cardiac and noncardiac surgery 2017 7th Kaplan
Kaplan’s essentials of cardiac anesthesia for cardiac surgery 2018 2nd Kaplan
Kaplan’s Essentials of Cardiac Anesthesia for Noncardiac Surgery 2019 Kaplan
Lecture notes: clinical anaesthesia 2017 5th Gwinnutt
The MGH textbook of anesthetic equipment 2011 Sandberg
Miller’s anesthesia 2020 9th Gropper
Non-Operating Room Anesthesia 2015 Weiss
Nunn’s applied respiratory physiology 2010 7th Lumb
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2016 4th Allman
Pain management 2011 2nd Waldman
Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician. 2015 Symons
Perioperative transesophageal echocardiography: a companion to Kaplan’s cardiac anesthesia 2014 Reich
Pharmacology and physiology for anesthesia: foundations and clinical application. 2019 2nd Hemmings
Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia 2013 5th Hensley
Practical management of pain 2014 5th Benzon
Practical perioperative transesophageal echocardiography 2011 2nd Sidebotham
Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children 2019 6th Cote
Pre-hospital anesthesia handbook 2016 2nd Lowes
Preparing to pass the FRCA 2016 Whymark
Primary FRCA in a box 2019 2nd Armstrong
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 1. 2016 2nd Wijayasiri
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 2. 2016 2nd McCombe
The primary FRCA structured oral examination : study guide 2. 2016 2nd McCombe
SBAs for the Final FRCA
2019 Whymark
Smith’s anesthesia for infants and children 2017 9th Davis
Stoelting’s anesthesia and co-existing disease 2018 7th Hines
Stoelting’s handbook of pharmacology and physiology in anesthetic practice. 2015 3rd Stoelting
TEE pocket manual 2011 Groban
Wall and Melzack’s textbook of pain 2013 6th McMahon
Ward’s anaesthetic equipment 2012 6th Davey