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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 Theatres full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • AORN Journal: Association of Operating Room Nurses

  • BMC Surgery

  • Operating Theatre Journal

  • ORNAC Journal (formerly Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal)

  • Evidence Based Nursing

  • Journal of Perioperative Practice (formerly British Journal of Perioperative Nursing)

  • Perioperative Medicine

  • Same-Day Surgery

  • Surgery


Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Theatres professionals.

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses  - Position Statements

The website highlights standards, toolkits, safety resources and including position statements on certain Perioperative nursing-related topics.

Behaviours and rituals in Operating Theatre

Paper from Hospital Infection Society exploring issues that reoccur in the perioperative environment.

Clinical Key

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

Coding for success: simple technology for safer patient care (2007)

College of the Operating Department Practitioners 

Professional body of ODP’s in UK.

Health and Safety Executive-Health services

Sector of HSE website covering issues for healthcare workers.


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

Latex Allergy –occupational aspects of management

Provides an evidence-based guideline on management of latex allergy.

Management and decontamination of surgical instruments used in acute care

Medical Device Safety Reports (MDSR) Database

A repository of medical device incident, hazard information and lessons learned over the past three decades.

National electronic Library of Infection

Highlights quality-tagged resources on investigation, treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease.

NHS Decontamination E-learning Programme                                 (Licence required)

NHS Evidence        

24/7 website for accessing recent guidelines, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and primary literature from healthcare databases.

Theatre Efficiency: safety, quality of care and optimum use of resources 

Guidance addressing those elements which create efficient use of operating theatres. 

World Wide Wounds  

Provides peer-reviewed articles covering a broad range of subjects in wound management