Library resources & services for Intensive 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
Intensive and Critical Care
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.
You may also wish to access our ANAESTHETICS page

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email


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 Intensive Care journals below

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

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine2003- 
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine2007 – 
Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine2015 – 
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
Critical Care1997- 
Critical Care Clinics2007- 
Critical Care Medicine1995- 
Intensive Care Medicine2011- 
Journal of Critical Care2007- 
Journal of Intensive Care2013- 
Lancet (1)1992- 2 months ago 
Lancet (2)2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Nursing in Critical Care2003- 
Resuscitation 2007- 
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 Intensive Care ebooks below. Click title to login with Athens account.

TitleYearEditionFirst Author
ABC of intensive care20112ndNimmo
ABC of transfer and retrieval medicine2015 Low
Acute and critical care nursing at a glance2018 Dutton
The acutely ill patient (Medical student survival skills)2020 Jevon
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
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide20202ndBaker
The beginner’s guide to intensive care : a handbook for junior doctors and allied professionals20182ndArora
Blood Gases and Critical Care Testing20223rdToffaletti
Cardiac intensive care20193rdBrown
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult20202ndCreed
Challenging Concepts in Critical Care : Cases with Expert Commentary2020 Gough
Clinical examination skills in the adult critically ill patient2018 Dunser
Clinical practice manual for pulmonary and critical care medicine2018 Landsberg
Core knowledge in critical care medicine2014 Kruger
Critical care manual of clinical procedures and competencies2013 Mallett
Critical care medicine at a glance20143rdLeach
Critical care medicine: principles of diagnosis and management in the adult.20195thParrillo
Critical care nephrology20193rdRonco
Critical care nursing: learning from practice2011 Bench
Critical Care Placements : A Pocket Guide2020Dodd
Critical care secrets20196thParsons
Critical care ultrasound2015 Lumb
Critical care ultrasound manual2012 McLean
Current therapy of trauma and surgical critical care20162ndAsensio
Decision Making in Emergency Critical Care : an Evidence-Based Handbook2015 Arbo
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide2013 Hagberg
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care20165thScarth
Duty of Care2020 Pimenta
Emergencies in Critical Care20132ndBeed
Emergency Department Critical Care2013 Yealy
The ERS handbook of invasive mechanical ventilation2019 Heunks
Essentials of Delirium : Everything You Really Need to Know for Working in Delirium Care2020 Rahman
Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine20246thAl-Shaikh
Evidence-based practice of critical care20203rdDeutschman
Fuhrman and Zimmerman’s Pediatric Critical Care  20226thZimmerman
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20235thHagberg
Handbook of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine 20214thVaron
ICU Quick Drug Guide2021 Lee
Improving Critical Care Survivorship : A Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration2021Haines
The intensive care unit manual20142ndLanken
Manual of Cardiac Intensive Care 2023Brown
MCQs and SBAs in Intensive Care Medicine2021Eyre
Mechanical Ventilation from Pathophysiology to Clinical Evidence2022Bellani
Monitoring the critically ill patient20123rdJevon
Neonatal, adult and paediatric safe transfer and retrieval: a practical approach to transfers2019 ALSG
Oh’s intensive care manual20198thBersten
OSCEs for Intensive Care Medicine2020 Hersey
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine20193rdSivan
Passport to Successful ICU Discharge2020 Boulanger
Procedures and protocols in the neurocritical care unit 2022Arora
Rapid Response Events in the Critically Ill2023Zaidi
Revision notes in intensive care medicine2016 Gillon
Textbook of critical care20177thVincent
Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice2016 Hutchings
Trauma intensive care2013 Tisherman
Ultrasound in the Critically Ill : A Practical Guide2022Walden
Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine2011 Holstege

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