So these are the majority of resources frequently referenced on this blog. Its not exhaustive, not all are free access – but I work on the assumption that you’ll be able to get institutional access to most.
British Intensive Care
The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM)- These are the guys who run the exam: check their website for up-to-date regulations.
The Intensive Care Society (ICS)- the representative body for intensive care professionals and patients in the UK and source of ICU-specific guidelines
National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – originator of many UK guidelines
Most pod-casts can be accessed through the links provided below, or by by subscribing to
The Intensive Care Network – A wide selection of (mainly Australian) ICU-specific pod-casts, by a variety of speakers. Podcasts are included throughout the text.
Resuscitationist’s Awesome Guide to Everything (RAGE) – hour-long, audio magazine style pod-casts.
Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) – Motivational, up-beat lectures given at the recent SMACCGold confrence and lowly being dripped into the publi space for those unable to attend in person.
The Bottom Line – by the Wessex Intensive Care Society provide in-depth, considered reviews of the big studies in critical care medicine
Anaesthesia UK – while written for those studying for the FRCA, this site has lodes of material – including MCQs that will be relevant for those studying for the FFICM.
ECG Wave-Maven – selection of interesting ECGs presented as MCQs with explanations – a great place to practice a methodical approach to the ECG.
You could manually pick out relevant articles to critical care practice to stay up-to-date, or you could take the lazy option and subscribe to Critical Care Reviews–each week, Rob Mac Sweeney will send you an e-mail with all the big studies, reviews and articles of interest from hundreds of journals. While remaining up-to-date is important for any budding intensivist, its likely that the exam will have a bit of a lag incorporating new evidence.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) – while not specifically a critical care journal, this is where the majority of the recent large critical care RCTs have being published. Of particular use for exam revision is their Critical Care Reviews series – all of which are linked in the relevant pages throughout the website.
Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain (CEACCP) – is a joint venture of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) and The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) producing review articles, intended for post-graduate Anaesthesia exams, but many are relevant for the FFICM.
Journal of the Intensive Care Society (JICS) – open access, UK relevant studies.