Library apps for knowledge on the move

We have a growing range of apps available for our resources, to make accessing information on the go even easier, in some cases even when offline.

The library itself doesn’t have a mobile app, but our website is responsively designed to work on any size screen.

UpToDate

Android | iOS

UpToDate is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It contains over 10,000 articles, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information for common as well as rare conditions. It also offers thousands of images, clinical calculators and a drug interactions checker.

The mobile app is available to SaTH staff and requires the use of a personal registration created whilst using UpToDate on-site.

BNF (British National Formulary) and BNF for Children

Android | iOS

The BNF/BNFC app is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who need sound, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It combines the content from the BNF and BNFC, ensuring easy access to BNF information wherever you are.

No authentication required. Works offline.

BMJ Best Practice

Android | iOS

BMJ Best Practice provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

The mobile app is available to all NHS staff and authentication requires a personal account, which can be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or whilst logged in with an NHS OpenAthens account. Works offline.

BrowZine

Android | iOS

BrowZine allows SaTH staff to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

The BrowZine app is available to SaTH staff and requires an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate.

Bluefire Reader

Android | iOS

Required to download our e-books to your device for offline reading. Free registration for an Adobe ID required, and an NHS OpenAthens account is required to access and download e-books to your device.

UpToDate as a source of teaching images

Are you looking for high-quality images for use in teaching? SaTH’s subscription to UpToDate includes over 33,000 pictures, tables, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, algorithms, and videos to help you discuss and answer clinical questions with your colleagues and patients. Additionally, these graphics are easily exported to use in PowerPoint presentations for training purposes.

To locate graphics, you can do a topic search as usual and then select ‘Graphic’ to filter your search to graphics only.

The resulting graphics appear in thumbnail format; clicking on a thumbnail opens a larger version of the graphic and also provides a link to export to PowerPoint.

You can also view any graphic from within a topic by clicking the links to the images from the topic content list.

All the images in UpToDate are licensed for use in teaching within the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

UpToDate clinical decision support tool

To help towards Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s goal of providing the safest, kindest care in the NHS, the Library, with the support of the Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education teams has started a subscription to the UpToDate clinical decision support resource.

UpToDate is written by clinicians for clinicians and offers easy access to high-quality information to inform diagnosis and treatment decisions. It has a proven positive impact on outcomes, and is associated with reduced cost of care, shorter length of stay, reduced complication rates and increased patient safety.

In an international subscriber survey carried out in 2014, 94% of respondents said UpToDate improved the quality of care they provide.

A recent survey of senior clinicians in SaTH gave examples of where using UpToDate has changed practice and was especially useful in rare or unusual conditions. It is also an excellent teaching resource, offers a drug interaction checker, can record usage for CPD points, and also offers hundreds of patient information leaflets.

UpToDate can be accessed on any PC in SaTH by visiting the UpToDate website. For off-site use, you can either create a username and password (useful if you want to record usage for CPD) or use your OpenAthens account. There is also a mobile app you can download for access anywhere.

For more information on accessing UpToDate off-site or by mobile app, visit the UpToDate page on our website.