Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM)

What is FOAM?

Here is a great summary of what FOAM is from LITFL

Search Tools

  • Google FOAM – searches FOAM sites for matching content
  • SCGH Library Databases – for Journal References (needs login)
  • Trip Database – Medical search engine with emphasis on evidence based medicine (EBM) and clinical guidelines and queries, including content from Cochrane and Bandolier
  • FindZebra – This website collates thousands of articles describing rare diseases and then joins them together on a searchable database. You simply type your patient’s symptoms into the search box and press ‘search’.
  • FOAM EM  – Searchable (by topic and website) RSS feed of Emergency Medical and Critical Care related posts from a huge collection of medical blogs

Overview of current quality FOAM content

  • LITFL Review – The LITFL Review is your regular and reliable source for the highest highlights, sneakiest sneak peaks and loudest shout-outs from the webbed world of emergency medicine and critical care (produced by our very own Kane Guthrie)

General EM FOAM sources







Blood Gas Analysis


Medical Equipment

Clinical Media / Presentation

Intensive Care / Retrieval


Numbers/Stats in the ED

  • The NNT
  • BestBets
  • Practical Evidence
  • The Bottom Line – This site is part of the Wessex ICU website and contains “A compendium of all the landmark papers which are shaping the way we manage our critically ill patients. Each paper has been summarised and critiqued using a standard template and ends with a ‘bottom line’ paragraph to allow a quick reminder of the key points.”




Infectious Diseases

  • STD’s – WA DOH guidelines for Mx


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