Library resources & services for Intensive Care

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
Intensive and Critical Care
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

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 phone 39111 or email

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Adult Critical Care guides
Clinical guide for the management of paediatric critical care patients
Clinical guide for the management of patients requiring transfer for specialist rehabilitation

NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines
Managing COVID-19

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

Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
COVID-19 Information, guidance and resources for intensive care & anaesthetics

British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Covid 19 Nurse Educational Resource Centre

Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre
Latest News incl COVID-19 reports

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.

New ebook content added 19/08/2021
Improving Critical Care Survivorship : A Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 05/07/2021
Fuhrman and Zimmerman’s Pediatric Critical Care 
 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 critical care 
psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of rehabilitation

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
  • BNF and BNF for Childrenshould work automatically on NHS networked machine, if outside NHS network login with NHS Athens account.
    Click here to find out about the free BNF/BNFC 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.
  • Elearning for Health (ELfH) -Health Education England’s suite of high quality content free of charge training (topics incl. COVID-19 programme Intensive Care Medicine, Anaesthesia, ICU Echo/Ultrasound, Tracheostomy Safety) in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • 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 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 – 


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 Intensive Care ebooks 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 Guide
The beginner’s guide to intensive care : a handbook for junior doctors and allied professionals20182ndArora
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 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 Care
2020 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 peri-operative medicine20195thAl-Shaikh
Evidence-based practice of critical care20203rdDeutschman
Fuhrman and Zimmerman’s Pediatric Critical Care  20226thZimmerman
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20184thHagberg
ICU Quick Drug Guide2021 Lee
Improving Critical Care Survivorship : A Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration2021Haines
The intensive care unit manual20142ndLanken
Monitoring in neurocritical care2013 le Roux
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
Revision notes in intensive care medicine2016 Gillon
Textbook of critical care20177thVincent
Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice2016 Hutchings
Trauma intensive care2013 Tisherman
Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine2011 Holstege