Comment Policy

Comment Policy

Thanks for contributing to the discussions around the science we disseminate at Critical Care Reviews. Please note our policy for commenting on this site. All comments are moderated prior to being published.

Commentary Software & GDPR

We use Disqusto host our online comments. As such, you place your comments with Disqus and not Critical Care Reviews. Any personal details you enter in making a comment will be stored by Disqus. Critical Care Reviews has access to moderate your comments, but does not have access to your personal details, such as your email address. Your name will appear with your comment. As comments placed prior to May 2018 were likely not GDPR compliant, they have been removed from the site.


Be Polite, Be Professional.

Please be polite and phrase your comments in a manner which advances the discussion rather than antagonises other users. This is a website for healthcare professionals and we ask that your contributions reflect this. Offensive comments, comments written intentionally to provoke or personal attacks will not be published.


General Medical Council Guidance on Social Media Use

The UK General Medical Council has aguideline on social media use for doctors, much of which is also appropriate for other healthcare providers. This advice is useful for all regardless of location. The entire document can be read here. However, some of the most pertinent points are listed below:

Standards

The standards expected of doctors do not change because they are communicating through social media rather than face to face or through other traditional media.

Privacy

Once information is published online it can be difficult to remove as other users may distribute it further or comment on it.

Confidentiality

Although individual pieces of information may not breach confidentiality on their own, the sum of published information online could be enough to identify a patient or someone close to them.

Respect

Doctors must treat colleagues fairly and with respect. This covers all situations and all forms of interaction and communication. You must not bully, harass or make gratuitous, unsubstantiated or unsustainable comments about individuals online.

When interacting with or commenting about individuals or organisations online, you should be aware that postings online are subject to the same laws of copyright and defamation as written or verbal communications, whether they are made in a personal or professional capacity.

Anonymity

If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to represent the views of the profession more widely.

Conflicts of Interest

When you post material online, you should be open about any conflict of interest and declare any financial or commercial interests in healthcare organisations or pharmaceutical and biomedical companies.


Stay On-Topic

Please comment on the topic at-hand and help keep the thread focussed.


No Self-Promotion

Posts containing links to external sites will not be published unless they are directly relevant and advance the discussion.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The European General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25th 2018 and has major implications worldwide. European citizens now have multiple digital rights over their personal details, including the right to be asked to provide consent for the storage of personal details in a database, the right to be asked to provide consent to be contacted, the right to see the personal information stored, the right to be forgotten including having all personal details permanently removed from a database, the right to know who this information is shared with (consent is also required for this), and the right to be contacted should a significant data breach occur. All of these changes must be prospectively acknowledged by the user and cannot be presumed to have occurred. The onus rests with the websites to be able to demonstrate consent has been obtained. It is likely almost all websites in the world will move to this model, unless they wish to limit access to European citizens, which would be difficult technically. Fines for non-compliance with this can reach €20 million. As a result, we have updated our privacy policy accordingly........


What information do we collect about you?

When registering with Critical Care Reviews we collect some basic information about you. This is required to send the weekly newsletter and inform us about the clinicians using this site so we can best tailor our services to your requirements. For those registering for the annual Critical Care Reviews Meeting, further professional information is required, including grade, speciality, and hospital and GMC/Registration number. This information is necessary for CPD accreditation and also to inform future editions of the meeting. For those ordering print copies of the annual Critical Care Reviews Book, we also require an address to send this to. The weekly newsletter records various usage data allowing us to determine the efficiency of the newsletter and the links contained within.


How do we collect this information

Your details are collected using the website & newsletter registration page, meeting registration page and book pages. We also use cookies and google analytics to generate viewing statistics for the site, which are not identifable to any individual.


How will we use the information about you?

Your information is used to send the weekly newsletter and annual book, and inform the design and contents of the website, meeting, book and podcast.


Who is your information shared with?

The weekly newsletter is sent via MailChimp, a standard commercial emailing facility, who have access to your email address for this purpose only. Payments for the annual meeting and book are handled by PayPal. The meeting is accredited by the Royal College of Anaesthetists who may request the delegate log for the meeting. The meeting sponsors receive a list of delegates attending the meeting, including name, grade, speciality, hospital and country. This is standard at medical conferences and ensures the sponsors are targeting the audience appropriate to their requirements.


Marketing

We do not share your details with 3rd parties outside of the above relationships, all of which are necessary for Critical Care Reviews to function. Any future relationship will similarly be to enable Critical Care Reviews to add or replace functionality. We do not share or sell your details with commercial parties for the purpose of them contacting you independently of Critical Care Reviews.


Access to your information and correction

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. This is available via your profile page, accessible through the login facility. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please download them via your profile page, accessible via the login facility, or email us. If your details are incorrect, or you would like to update them, you can do so via your profile page.


Right to be Forgotten

If you wish for your details to be removed from our database please use the "delete me" option after logging in to view your profile. For users who have made a commercial transaction, such as paying for meeting registration or ordering a copy of an annual book, we are required by law to keep these financial records for a period of time.


Cookies

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. Via cookies, we use your information collected from the website to personalise your repeat visits to our website.

For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However our website features may not function as a result.


Other Websites

Critical Care Reviews contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their privacy policies.


Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on May 1st 2018, to align with the European General Data Protection Regulation.


How to contact us

Please email us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you.


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