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The Library and Knowledge Service has a number of ways to keep busy health care staff up to date with the steady flow of evidence. Below is a selected list of resources and services available for your use. For all resources visit the Library and Knowledge Service website.

To access most of the online resources listed you will need an *OpenAthens account. Register for your account at OpenAthens.

*Note: access may be limited to specific organisations; contact us for advice.


  • Bersten A D. Oh’s Intensive Care Manual. 8th ed.Elsevier, 2019.View the online book.
  • Deutschman C S. Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care. 3rd ed. Elsevier, 2020.View the online book.
  • Parrillo J E. Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult. 5th ed. Elsevier, 2020. View the online book.
  • Woodrow P.Intensive care nursing: a framework for practice. 4th ed. Routledge, 2019. See the library catalogue for the book details.

See the full collection of books on the library’s catalogue.

Clinical Images  Anatomy and physiology online, including interactive 3D models and narrated animations.

Evidence-Based Clinical Summaries

  • BMJ Best Practice This combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion. Regularly updated, it draws on the latest evidence based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Link to the App.
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers – clinically focussed research from Cochrane Reviews. Each CCA contains a clinical Q&A with data on outcomes relevant to healthcare professionals and links to graphics.
  • UpToDate Anywhere An evidence-based clinical decision support resource to support decisions at the point of care. Register for a personal account via BSUH Intranet. Link to the App.

Exam Preparation and Clinical Skills

We provide access to various online exam resources, including BMJ OnExamination and PassMedicine. Full details are on our website at Study for Exams.

You can also access evidence-based nursing procedures at or The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures.

Evidence Searching

We provide evidence to answer questions about patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches for Intensive Care include:

  • BSUH chest drain policy / chest drain flushing policy
  • Peer to peer support during recovery from critical illness
  • Development of a philosophy for care on critical care units
  • Sedating patients with an eating disorder to facilitate tube feeding in intensive care

To request a search, please fill in the request an evidence search form.

Information Skills Teaching

We offer a wide range of skills sessions to support evidence based healthcare. For more information, see the teaching section on our website or email:


Save yourself time and ensure you are up-to-date on the latest developments with KnowledgeShare, our award-winning current awareness service. It also links you with colleagues in other trusts to enable sharing of research and best practice on Intensive Care. You can log into KnowledgeShare with your NHS OpenAthens account or email us on for more information.

See information on all our resources at the Library and Knowledge Service website.

Publication Date: August 2021

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