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 20/01/2021
Duty of Care
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 10/12/2020
ICU Quick Drug Guide
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)


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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Coverage Notes
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2003-
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine 2007 –
Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine 2015 –
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
Critical Care 1997-
Critical Care Clinics 2007-
Critical Care Medicine 1995-
Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care 2007-
Current Opinion in Critical Care 1999-
Intensive Care Medicine 2011-
Journal of Critical Care 2007-
Journal of Intensive Care 2013-
Lancet (1) 1992- 2 months ago
Lancet (2) 2007-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Nursing in Critical Care
Resuscitation  2007-
Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2007 –


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.

Title Year Edition First Author
ABC of intensive care 2011 2nd Nimmo
ABC of transfer and retrieval medicine 2015 Low
Acute and critical care nursing at a glance 2018 Dutton
The acutely ill patient (Medical student survival skills) 2020 Jevon
Advanced paediatric life support : a practical approach to emergencies 2016 6th ALSG
Airway Management 2014 Khan
Anaesthesia, intensive care and perioperative medicine A-Z: an encyclopaedia of principles & practice 2019 6th Yentis
Artificial Ventilation : A Basic Clinical Guide
2020 2nd Baker
The beginner’s guide to intensive care : a handbook for junior doctors and allied professionals 2018 2nd Arora
Cardiac intensive care 2019 3rd Brown
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult 2020 2nd Creed
Challenging Concepts in Critical Care : Cases with Expert Commentary 2020 Gough
Clinical examination skills in the adult critically ill patient 2018 Dunser
Clinical practice manual for pulmonary and critical care medicine 2018 Landsberg
Core knowledge in critical care medicine 2014 Kruger
Critical care manual of clinical procedures and competencies 2013 Mallett
Critical care medicine at a glance 2014 3rd Leach
Critical care medicine: principles of diagnosis and management in the adult. 2019 5th Parrillo
Critical care nephrology 2019 3rd Ronco
Critical care nursing: learning from practice 2011 Bench
Critical care secrets 2019 6th Parsons
Critical care ultrasound 2015 Lumb
Critical care ultrasound manual 2012 McLean
Current therapy of trauma and surgical critical care 2016 2nd Asensio
Decision Making in Emergency Critical Care : an Evidence-Based Handbook 2015 Arbo
The Difficult Airway : A Practical Guide 2013 Hagberg
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care 2016 5th Scarth
Duty of Care
2020 Pimenta
Emergencies in Critical Care 2013 2nd Beed
Emergency Department Critical Care 2013 Yealy
The ERS handbook of invasive mechanical ventilation 2019 Heunks
Essentials of Delirium : Everything You Really Need to Know for Working in Delirium Care 2020 Rahman
Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care, and peri-operative medicine 2019 5th Al-Shaikh
Evidence-based practice of critical care 2020 3rd Deutschman
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management 2018 4th Hagberg
ICU Quick Drug Guide 2021 Lee
The intensive care unit manual 2014 2nd Lanken
Monitoring in neurocritical care 2013 le Roux
Monitoring the critically ill patient 2012 3rd Jevon
Neonatal, adult and paediatric safe transfer and retrieval: a practical approach to transfers 2019 ALSG
Oh’s intensive care manual 2019 8th Bersten
OSCEs for Intensive Care Medicine 2020 Hersey
Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2016 4th Allman
Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2016 2nd Baid
Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 3rd Sivan
Passport to Successful ICU Discharge 2020 Boulanger
Pediatric critical care 2017 5th Fuhrman
Revision notes in intensive care medicine 2016 Gillon
Textbook of critical care 2017 7th Vincent
Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice 2016 Hutchings
Trauma intensive care 2013 Tisherman
Visual Diagnosis in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine 2011 Holstege