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Newsletter 152 / November 2nd 2014



Welcome to the 152nd 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. It's a smallish newsletter this week, swelled by the some excellent articles recently made open access by the major critical care journals. If you only have time to read one paper this week, try the excellent concise review of fluid resuscitation by John Myburgh.

This week's Topic of the Week is the second of a two part series on research over-interpretation, starting with a paper on the reliable assessment of the effects of treatment on mortality and major morbidity, in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

Review Articles:  Clinical |  Recently Made Open Access


Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

The 2015 Critical Care Reviews Meeting, reviewing the hottest studies of 2014, will be held on Friday January 23rd, at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you want to know whether you should implement the results of the most recent major critical care research, this is the meeting for you. The impressive list of speakers includes Clifford Deutschman (USA), Niklas Nielsen (Sweden), Eddy Fan (Canada), Kathy Rowan (England), Karin Amrein (Austria), Danny McAuley, Eamon McCoy, and John Hinds (Northern Ireland). With Chief Investigators for TTM, CALORIES, VITdAL-ICU, HARP-2 and ProMISe all discussing their recent RCTs, plus a host of local intensivists critiquing the other major studies of the year, this is one of the most contemporary, focused meetings around.  The programme is available as a download, with further information at the meeting webpage. Online registration has opened, with registrations flooding in. As capacity is limited, don't wait to book your place and potentially miss out.

SMACC Chicago

The programme for the best critical care conference in the world has just been released, and is absolutely incredible. Combining a superb mixture of eminent researchers with prominent social media enthusiasts, this conference creates a melting pot of ideas, discussions and debate. SMACC will be held June 23rd to 26th, in Chicago, USA. Just like the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, this is a not-for-profit event, run by a team interested in sharing knowledge in a fun, modern way. Registration opens on November 5th, with early bird savings for the first 500. Further details are available on the SMACC website.

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Critical Care Horizons

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. A call for papers has been issued, so if you have something interesting to say, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. The first issue will be released on January 1st 2015.

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

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Randomized Controlled Trials

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Meta Analyses

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Observational Studies

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Guidelines & Position Statements












Recently Made Open Access

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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Case Reports

Critical Care

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Anesthesia & Analgesia

Review Articles

British Journal of Anaesthesia




Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week