Library services & resources for Emergency Medicine and Acute Care

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
Emergency Medicine and Acute Care
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 email


20/02/2023 New ebook content added
100 Cases in Acute Medicine
Grief on the Front Lines : Reckoning with Trauma, Grief, and Humanity in Modern Medicine
Pocket Tutor Emergency Imaging
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 21/12/22
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 14/12/22
Emergency Imaging of At-Risk Patients
 you will need a local NHS Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 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 Athens account.

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 Athens 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 Athens 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 University Hospitals Plymouth or Plymouth Community Health Athens account (UHP, Livewell Plymouth GP staff/students register here). 
Available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Health (Livewell SW + Plymouth General Practice) only.

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 Athens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(vailable to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS Athens 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

Enter Plymouth (includes UHP, Livewell and GP options), South Western Ambulance or South Central Ambulance as organisation when asked.

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 Emergency Medicine and Acute Care journals below

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

JournalCoverage Notes
Academic Emergency Medicine1997- 
American Journal of Emergency Medicine2007- 
Annals of Emergency Medicine2007- 
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
BMJ Quality and Safety1992- 
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports2012- 
British Journal of Hospital Medicine2014- 
Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine2007- 
Emergency Medicine Australasia2005- 
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America2007- 
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ)1984- 
Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery2012- 
Journal of Trauma- Injury Infection & Critical Care1995-2011continued above
Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes2007- 
Journal of Emergency Medicine2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine2008- 
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine2015- 

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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 GP staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS Athens 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 emergency medicine & ebooks below.
Click title to login with Athens account. 

ABC of Emergency Radiology 20133rdChan
ABC of Major Trauma20225thDriscoll
ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine2013 Nutbeam
ABC of Transfer and Retrieval Medicine2015 Low
ABC of Wound Healing20222Price
Accident and emergency radiology : a survival guide20153rdRaby
Acute and critical care nursing at a glance2018 Dutton
Acute Medical Emergencies : The Practical Approach20102ndALSG
Acute medicine: a practical guide to the management of medical emergencies20185thSprigings
Acute Nursing Care : Recognising and Responding to Medical Emergencies2012 Peate
Acute psychiatric emergencies: a practical approach2020 Advanced Life Support Group
Adult Emergency Medicine at a Glance20112ndHughes
Advanced paediatric life support : a practical approach to emergencies20166thALSG
Advance your emergency department : leading in a new era.2012 Shupe
Airway Management2014 Khan
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management is now Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management   
Burns (Oxford Specialist Handbook)2019Whitaker
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult20202ndCreed
Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine20162ndCiottone
Clinical examination skills in the adult critically ill patient2018 Dunser
Clinical SAQs for the Final FRCEM2019Banerjee
Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Emergency Medicine 2021Strother
Crisis Management and Emergency Planning : Preparing for Today’s Challenges2013 Fagel
Crisis management in acute care settings : human factors and team psychology in a high-stakes environment.20163rdSt. Pierre
Critical perspectives on the management and organization of emergency services.2019 Wankhade
Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care20162ndAsensio
Damage control in trauma care: an evolving comprehensive team approach2018 Duchesne
Damage control resuscitation: identification and treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage2020 Spinella
Decision Making in Emergency Critical Care : an Evidence-Based Handbook2015 Arbo
Decision Making in Emergency Medicine : Biases, Errors and Solutions 2021Raz
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide2013 Hagberg
ECG Made Easy  (up to 3 simultaneous users)20138thHampton
Emergencies in Anaesthesia20203rdMartin
Emergencies in Clinical Medicine 20212ndPage
Emergencies in Critical Care20132ndBeed
Emergencies in Trauma2010 Bhangu
Emergency clinical diagnosis2017 Banerjee
Emergency Department Critical Care2013 Yealy
Emergency Imaging of At-Risk Patients2023Patlas
Emergency Medical Services : Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight20213rdCone
Emergency Medicine: Clinical Essentials20132ndAdams
Emergency medicine: diagnosis and management.20157thBrown
Emergency Medicine Secrets 20227thBakes
Emergency Medicine Simulation Workbook : A Tool for Bringing the Curriculum to Life2022 2ndThoureen
Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Disaster Management : From Prehospital to Hospital Care and Beyond2021Pikoulis 
Emergency nursing at a glance2016 Holbery
Emergency Pathophysiology: Clinical Applications for Prehospital Care2013Galvagno
Emergency Radiology : The Requisites20162ndSoto
Emergency Triage20143rdMackway-Jones; Manchester Triage Group
Emergency Triage: Telephone Triage and Advice. 2016 Manchester Triage Group
Essential Procedures for Emergency, Urgent, and Primary Care Settings 20213rdCampo
Eye emergencies : the practitioner’s guide20152ndField
Field guide to wilderness medicine20195thAuerbach
Fracture management for primary care and emergency medicine20204thEiff
Fundamentals of emergency ultrasound2020 McGahan
Geriatric emergencies2015 Murdoch
Get Through MCEM Part B: data interpretation questions2011 Hall
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20235thHagberg
Hand Injuries in the Emergency Department 2022Houpt
Health emergency preparedness and response2016 Sellwood
How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare20196thGreenhalgh
How to teach using simulation in healthcare2017 Davis
Human factors challenges in emergency management : enhancing individual and team performance in fire and services2014 Owen
Initial management of acute medical patients : a guide for nurses and healthcare practitioners.20122ndWood
Interprofessional simulation in health care: materiality, embodiment, interaction2019 Dahlgren
Lecture Notes: Emergency Medicine20124thMoulton
Major incident medical management and support: the practical approach in the hospital.20192ndALSG
Major Incident Medical Management and Support : The Practical Approach at the Scene20234thALSG
Making Sense of Disaster Medicine: A Hands-on Guide for Medics2010 Matheson
Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions2014 Bradley
Mass casualty incidents : the nuts and bolts of preparedness and response for acute disasters.2016 Lynn
Medical Student Survival Skills: The acutely ill patient2020 Jevon
Mechanical Ventilation from Pathophysiology to Clinical Evidence2022Bellani
Mechanical ventilation in emergency medicine20222ndWilcox
Midwifery emergencies at a glance2018 Campbell
Minor Emergencies 20224thButtaravoli
Minor Injury and Minor Illness at a Glance2014 Morris
Neurotrauma management for the severely injured polytrauma2017 Ecklund
Neurotrauma : managing patients with head injuries2013 Abelson-Mitchell
Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare-Volume 1 and Volume 2. (up to 3 simultaneous users)2016 Mustafee
OSCE Revision for the Final FRCEM2021Goss
Oxford handbook of acute medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination & Practical Skills
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford handbook of Clinical Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford handbook of emergency nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Humanitarian Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2019 Kravitz
Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Manual of Major Incident Management.2017 Hunt
Paediatric and Neonatal Safe Transfer and Retrieval : The Practical Approach20166thALSG
Peak performance under pressure: lessons from a helicopter rescue doctor2019 Hearns
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets20153rdSelbst
Pediatric Imaging for the Emergency Provider 2022Vezzetti
Pocket Tutor Emergency Imaging 20222ndHeir
Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine2012 Rogers
Practice Papers for MCEM Part A2010 Chitnis
Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance2017 Seligman
Pre-obstetric emergency training: a practical approach20192ndAdvanced Life Support Group
Problem solving in emergency radiology2015 Mirvis
Quick Hits in Emergency Medicine2013 Allen
Rapid emergency and unscheduled care2016 Phipps
Rapid Response Situations: Management in Adult and Geriatric Hospitalist Medicine2022Aliyeva
Roberts and Hedges’ clinical procedures in emergency medicine and acute care20197thRoberts
Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult20155thSchaider
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice202310thWalls
Safety and Quality in Medical Transport Systems : Creating an Effective Culture2012 Overton
Sudden death : intervention skills for the emergency services2020 Scott
Textbook of Acute Trauma Care 2022Lax
Textbook of adult emergency medicine20205thCameron
Trauma : A Comprehensive Emergency Medicine Approach2011 Legome
Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice2016 Hutchings
Trauma Care Manual20223rdGreaves
Trauma Care Pre-Hospital Manual2018 Greaves
The trauma golden hour: a practical guide2020 Nasr
Trauma Intensive Care2013 Tisherman
Trauma team dynamics : a trauma crisis resource management manual.2016 Gillman
Understanding Clinical Papers20214thBowers
Urgent and Out-of-Hours Primary Care : A practical guide for clinicians 2022Bhupal
Urgent Care Emergencies: Avoiding the      Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes2010 Goyal
Urgent Care Medicine Secrets2018 Olympia
Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine2011 Holstege
Wound care at a glance20202ndPeate
Wound management in urgent care2016 Busse

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