Critical Care (ITU/HDU)

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Electronic Resources

The NHS subscribes to key healthcare databases, full text journals, e-books and more for its staff. To access these you need to have an Athens username and password. You can obtain one by self-registering at:

An Athens Self-Registration leaflet is available from the Education Centre Libraries at Good Hope, Heartlands, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospital

E-Books Collection

(Require Athens Registration)


Staff can access the following Critical Care (ITU/HDU) full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool



Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Critical Care (ITU/HDU) professionals.

Advanced Life Support Group: ALSG

Provides training in life support techniques to public and health professionals


American Association of Critical Care Nurses 

The ethics and Practice Alerts and Protocols for Practice under ‘Clinical Practice-Evidence Based Resources’ are freely available.


American Thoracic Society - Critical Care

 The site includes descriptions of common illnesses, equipment and end of life decisions.


ASK – Discovery Tool

This is a “Google” type tool enabling a “one search” for guidelines, eBooks, eJournals and full text articles. Access via Athens


BMJ Best Practice

Point of care, clinical decision making tool. Access via Athens.


British Association of Critical Care Nurses

Site includes information about the association’s activities.


Clinical Key

Clinical Key enables searching from a single platform across eBooks, eJournals, procedural videos, drug information, patient information and images. Access via Athens.


The Cochrane Library

Full-text access to high-quality evidence such as systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials (RCTs). to inform healthcare decision making.



Provides current, evidence-based information to support decision making at the point of care. Access via Athens.


European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Research activities of the society include the genetics of sepsis, a registry of ICUs in Europe and research into therapeutic hypothermia.


Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Current curriculum for CCT in Intensive Care Medicine and guidance on ICM standards.


Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC)                       

Highlights the research projects that the Centre is currently involved with a list of journal articles that its research staff have contributed.


ICU Novices

Information for junior medical trainees, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Intensive Care Society
Standards and guidelines, material for trainees, patients and relatives plus information on how an ICU operates.



A targeted “current awareness” service for high impact documents in your area.


NHS Evidence

24/7 portal available to all NHS staff and students to access nationally procured resources.


Society of Critical Care Medicine

Site includes publications and professional  development materials.