Library services & resources for Anaesthetics

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

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

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon
Click here to visit our main library website.
If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please

New content

New ebook content added 17/05/23
Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

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

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here).

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 OpenAthens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

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


‘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 UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

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 – 
Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 1976-
Resuscitation 2007- 
Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management2007 – 
Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care2007 – 


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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

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
Advanced training in anaesthesia : the essential curriculum2014Prout
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 Guide20202ndBaker
Atlas of common pain syndromes20123rdWaldman
Atlas of interventional pain management20215thWaldman
Atlas of pain injection techniques20142ndO’Connor
Atlas of pain management injection techniques20235thWaldman
Atlas of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia20193rdGray
Atlas of uncommon pain syndromes20143rdWaldman
Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management is now Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management   
Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia20216thFarag
Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice20206thChestnut
Clinical Cases for the FRCA : Key Topics Mapped to the RCoA Curriculum2022Allana
Clinical cases in anesthesia20144thReed
Cohen’s Comprehensive Thoracic Anesthesia 2022Cohen
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 and SBAs for the Final FRCA : Questions and detailed answers2022Sumner
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 Anaesthesia20203rdMartin
Essence of anesthesia practice20184thFleischer
Essential Notes in Pain Medicine2022Celador
Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine20246thAl-Shaikh
Essentials of Neuroanesthesia2017 Prabhakar
Essentials of pain medicine20184thBenzon
Evidence-based practice of anesthesiology20234thFleisher
Graphic anaesthesia : essential diagrams, equations and tables for anaesthesia.2015 Hooper
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20235thHagberg
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
Litman’s Basics of Pediatric Anesthesia 20223rdLitman
The MGH textbook of anesthetic equipment2011 Sandberg
Miller’s anesthesia20209thGropper
Miller’s basics of anesthesia20238thPardo
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
Pharmacology and physiology for anesthesia: foundations and clinical application.20192ndHemmings
Physics in Anaesthesia 20212ndMiddleton
Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia20135thHensley
Practical Management of Pain 20236thBenzon
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 children202210thDavis
Stoelting’s anesthesia and co-existing disease20228thHines
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

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