CCR-Newsletter-Banner Newsletter 209  |  December 14th 2015

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Welcome to the 209th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best critical care research published in the past week, plus a wide range of free full text review articles, guidelines, commentaries, editorials, study critiques, correspondence and case reports from hundreds of clinical and scientific journals. I'm slightly late with this edition, due to a busy start to the week at the rejuvenated Intensive Care Society's State-of-the-Art Meeting, a heavy clinical workload for the rest of the week, and a teething baby last night..... Many of the blogs and podcasts from the State-of-the-Art Meeting are available here, with the audio of all talks to be released very soon.

The highlights of this week's newsletter are randomized controlled trials on physical therapy for acute respiratory failure and perioperative goal-directed haemodynamic resuscitation, plus several review articles on intracerebral haemorrhage, troponin measurement in the critically ill, perioperative acute kidney injury, inanimate surface bacterial colonization, and pharmacological adjuncts to stop bleeding. If you only have time for one paper this week, try this one: "Cellular Therapies in Trauma and Critical Care Medicine".

This week's Topic of the Week is ventilator-associated pneumonia, starting with a paper on nebulized antibiotics in today's Paper of the Day.

 

Research

Review Articles

Neurological

Circulatory

Respiratory

Hepatobiliary

Renal

Endocrine

Haematological

Sepsis

Trauma

Obstetrics

Paediatrics

Perioperative

Airway

Miscellaneous

Meetings

It's now just 7 weeks to the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016, reviewing the major studies of the previous year. As usual, we aim to answer the question clinicians want answered - "should I implement the results of this trial into my daily practice?" To help with this, we will have a combination of chief investigators for some of these studies plus major international intensivists to provide commentary. From Wellington, New Zealand, Dr Paul Young will talk on his studies SPLIT (saline versus plasmalyte) and HEAT (paracetamol for pyrexia control). Dr John Holcomb (Houston, USA) will review his mega trial PROPPR, evaluating blood product transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage. Dr Anthony Gordon (London, England), will review his VANISH study, a multi-centre randomized controlled trial comparing vasopressin with noradrenaline, with or without hydrocortisone, for first-line vasopressor support in septic shock. Prof Tim Walsh (Edinburgh, Scotland) will review the ABLE study, including his ABLE UK component, evaluating age of transfused red cells, as well as RECOVER, a post-ICU rehab study. In addition, two of the most eminent intensivists in global critical care, Prof Jean-Louis Vincent (Brussels, Belgium) and Prof Luciano Gattinoni (Milan, Italy) will be on hand to discuss the significance of these findings. A new feature for the meeting is the John Hinds' Trauma Lecture, with Dr Brian Burns (Sydney HEMS, Australia) travelling across the world to deliver the inaugural presentation. It won't be all study discussion, with other elements to the meeting, including the spectacularly popular "Informal Chat", taking place that evening.

If you haven't yet attended this modern, niche meeting, then put the date Friday January 29th in your diary. Both delegate and speaker feedback from previous meetings has been incredibly positive, allowing the event to grow and attract some of the biggest names in critical care. The Titanic Centre is just minutes from Belfast City Airport, with a hotel within 3 minutes walking distance, and is a 20 minute walk from the city centre, including the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast's cultural centre full of great restaurants and pubs. Further details regarding delegate rate accommodation should be available in the next week or two. Talks are given in the setting of the rebuilt famous staircase from the great ship, while both the "Informal Chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlit slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. With some exciting new innovations planned, this new meeting promises to delivery on its burgeoning reputation. Don't wait too long before registering, as numbers are capped to keep this an intimate event. It is as strong a one day programme as you could possibly find. If you think your colleagues would find this event interesting, please circulate this information - this is a not-for-profit event, run in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society.

 

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The next SMACC Conference is on June 13th to 16th, in Dublin, Ireland. The first two registration opportunities opened and closed after selling out in hours and minutes, respectively. Luckily, there is one further batch of tickets available on Wednesday February 3rd. With world leading academics and high profile clincians from the FOAMed critical care world, this conference fuses knowledge, dynamism and enthusiasm with an altruisitic desire to be the best we can be for the benefit of our patients.  It's the most fun, modern critical care conference in the world. If you've been lucky enough to register for #smaccDUB, the presentations from SMACC Chicago, which are now online at Intensive Care Network, will give you an idea as to what to expect.

 

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CCH Journal

Critical Care Horizons is a fresh new voice in the critical care literature, offering thought-provoking, cutting-edge commentary and opinion papers, plus state-of-the-art review articles. The journal is free to publish with and free to read, opening authorship opportunity to all. The energetic editorial board consists of a deliberate mix of clinicians active in social media and world renowned academics, all driven by a desire to improve the care we offer our patients, and operate without financial gain or incentive.  If you have an idea for a paper, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. We also need peer reviewers.

COI - I am the editor-in-chief of this new journal, but work in a voluntary capacity, as do all the editors.

 

I hope you find these links useful.


Until next week

Rob

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