Library services & resources for Emergency Medicine and Acute Care

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    Current awareness  

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
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.


NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Emergency Medicine Guides
Guidance for the role and use of non-invasive respiratory support in adult patients with coronavirus (confirmed or suspected)
Clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence



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


Royal College of Emergency Medicine
COVID-19 Information


COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

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.



12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 05/11/20
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 22/10/2020
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult, 2nd ed. Creed, F. (2020)
Emergencies in Anaesthesia, 3rd ed. Martin, A. (2020)
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 pre-hospital and emergency care
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)
  • Cochrane Library– collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • 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 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.



Journal Coverage  Notes
Academic Emergency Medicine 1997-
American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007-
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
BMJ Quality and Safety 1992-
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2012-
British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2014-
Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2007-
Emergency Medicine Australasia 2005-
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2007-
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) 1984-  
Injury 2007-
Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery 2012-
Journal of Trauma- Injury Infection & Critical Care 1995-2011 continued above
Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes 2007-
Lancet 2007-
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
New England Journal of Medicine (print) 1980- Available in print at Discovery Library on shelves 197 & 198
New England Journal of Medicine 1990-
90 days ago
If offered a drop-down menu select NHS England
Resuscitation 2007-
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2008-
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015-





Books (guide)

The majority of Emergency Medicine print books held at Discovery Library will be found on shelf WD450. Emergency Medicine exam books will be found at WD418

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 emergency medicine & critical appraisal ebooks 2008-  . Click title to login with Athens account. If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

Title Year Edition Author
ABC of Emergency Radiology  2013 3rd Chan
ABC of Major Trauma  2013 4th Skinner
ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine 2013 Nutbeam
ABC of Transfer and Retrieval Medicine 2015 Low
Accident and emergency radiology : a survival guide 2015 3rd Raby
Acute and critical care nursing at a glance 2018 Dutton
Acute Medical Emergencies : The Practical Approach 2010 2nd ALSG
Acute medicine: a practical guide to the management of medical emergencies 2018 5th Sprigings
Acute Nursing Care : Recognising and Responding to Medical Emergencies 2012 Peate
Acute psychiatric emergencies: a practical approach 2020 Advanced Life Support Group
Adult Emergency Medicine at a Glance 2011 2nd Hughes
Advanced paediatric life support : a practical approach to emergencies 2016 6th ALSG
Advance your emergency department : leading in a new era. 2012 Shupe
Airway Management 2014 Khan
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
2020 2nd Baker
Benumof and Hagberg’s Airway Management is now Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult 2020 2nd Creed
Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine 2016 2nd Ciottone
Clinical examination skills in the adult critically ill patient 2018 Dunser
Crisis Management and Emergency Planning : Preparing for Today’s Challenges 2013 Fagel
Crisis management in acute care settings : human factors and team psychology in a high-stakes environment. 2016 3rd St. Pierre
Critical perspectives on the management and organization of emergency services. 2019 Wankhade
Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care 2016 2nd Asensio
Damage control in trauma care: an evolving comprehensive team approach 2018 Duchesne
Damage control resuscitation: identification and treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage 2020 Spinella
Decision Making in Emergency Critical Care : an Evidence-Based Handbook 2015 Arbo
Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician 2011 Broder
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide 2013 Hagberg
ECG Made Easy  (up to 3 simultaneous users) 2013 8th Hampton
Emergencies in Anaesthesia 2020 3rd Martin
Emergencies in Critical Care 2013 2nd Beed
Emergencies in Trauma 2010 Bhangu
Emergency clinical diagnosis 2017 Banerjee
Emergency Department Critical Care 2013 Yealy
Emergency Medical Services : Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight 2015 2nd Cone
Emergency Medicine: Avoiding the pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes 2008 Mattu
Emergency Medicine: Clinical Essentials 2013 2nd Adams
Emergency medicine: diagnosis and management. 2015 7th Brown
Emergency Medicine Secrets 2016 6th Markovchick
Emergency Medicine Simulation Workbook : A Tool for Bringing the Curriculum to Life 2013 Thoureen
Emergency nursing at a glance 2016 Holbery
Emergency Pathophysiology: Clinical Applications for Prehospital Care 2013
Emergency Radiology : The Requisites 2016 2nd Soto
Emergency Triage 2014 3rd Mackway-Jones; Manchester Triage Group
Emergency Triage: Telephone Triage and Advice. 2016 Manchester Triage Group
Essential procedures for emergency, urgent, and primary care settings : a clinical companion.. 2016 2nd Campo
Excellence in the Emergency Department : How to Get Results 2009 Baker
Eye emergencies : the practitioner’s guide 2015 2nd Field
Field guide to wilderness medicine 2019 5th Auerbach
Fracture management for primary care and emergency medicine 2020 4th Eiff
Fundamentals of emergency ultrasound 2020 McGahan
Geriatric emergencies 2015 Murdoch
Get Through MCEM Part B: data interpretation questions 2011 Hall
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management 2018 4th Hagberg
Handbook of Splinting and Casting 2012 Thompson
Health emergency preparedness and response 2016 Sellwood
How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare 2019 6th Greenhalgh
How to teach using simulation in healthcare 2017 Davis
Human factors challenges in emergency management : enhancing individual and team performance in fire and services 2014 Owen
Initial management of acute medical patients : a guide for nurses and healthcare practitioners. 2012 2nd Wood
Interprofessional simulation in health care: materiality, embodiment, interaction 2019 Dahlgren
Lecture Notes: Emergency Medicine 2012 4th Moulton
Major incident medical management and support: the practical approach in the hospital. 2019 2nd ALSG
Making Sense of Disaster Medicine: A Hands-on Guide for Medics 2010 Matheson
Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions 2014 Bradley
Mass casualty incidents : the nuts and bolts of preparedness and response for acute disasters. 2016 Lynn
Mechanical ventilation in emergency medicine 2019 Wilcox
Medical Student Survival Skills: The acutely ill patient 2020 Jevon
Midwifery emergencies at a glance 2018 Campbell
Minor Emergencies 2012 3rd Buttaravoli
Minor Injury and Minor Illness at a Glance 2014 Morris
Neurotrauma management for the severely injured polytrauma 2017 Ecklund
Neurotrauma : managing patients with head injuries 2013 Abelson-Mitchell
Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare-Volume 1 and Volume 2. (up to 3 simultaneous users) 2016 Mustafee
Oxford handbook of acute medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2019 4th Ramrakha
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2014 3rd Llewelyn
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination & Practical Skills
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2014 2nd Thomas
Oxford handbook of Clinical Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2017 10th Wilkinson
Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2020 5th Wyatt
Oxford handbook of emergency nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2016 2nd Crouch
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)
2021 2nd Greaves
Oxford Manual of Major Incident Management. 2017 Hunt
Paediatric and Neonatal Safe Transfer and Retrieval : The Practical Approach 2016 6th ALSG
Peak performance under pressure: lessons from a helicopter rescue doctor 2019 Hearns
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets 2015 3rd Selbst
Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine 2012 Rogers
Practice Papers for MCEM Part A 2010 Chitnis
Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance 2017 Seligman
Pre-obstetric emergency training: a practical approach 2019 2nd Advanced Life Support Group
Problem solving in emergency radiology 2015 Mirvis
Quick Hits in Emergency Medicine 2013 Allen
Rapid emergency and unscheduled care 2016 Phipps
Roberts and Hedges’ clinical procedures in emergency medicine and acute care 2019 7th Roberts
Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult 2015 5th Schaider
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice.
(Drug errors updated in text 12/02/2018)
2018 9th Walls
Safety and Quality in Medical Transport Systems : Creating an Effective Culture 2012 Overton
Sudden death : intervention skills for the emergency services 2020 Scott
Textbook of adult emergency medicine 2020 5th Cameron
Trauma : A Comprehensive Emergency Medicine Approach 2011 Legome
Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice 2016 Hutchings
Trauma Care Pre-Hospital Manual 2018 Greaves
The trauma golden hour: a practical guide 2020 Nasr
Trauma Intensive Care 2013 Tisherman
Trauma team dynamics : a trauma crisis resource management manual. 2016 Gillman
Understanding Clinical Papers 2021 4th Bowers
Urgent Care Emergencies: Avoiding the      Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes 2010 Goyal
Urgent Care Medicine Secrets 2018 Olympia
Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine 2011 Holstege
Wound care at a glance 2020 2nd Peate
Wound management in urgent care 2016 Busse
Wounds & Lacerations 2012  4th Trott




Current awareness

You may find the following external websites useful for keeping up-to-date.


Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update (locally edited version)
Provides a digest of information supporting evidence based practice in pre-hospital, ambulance and emergency services incl. recent research, news and policy items, and relevant reports. Update is commissioned by the National Ambulance Research Steering Group.