Newsletter 145 / September 14th 2014



Welcome to the 145th 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 smaller newsletter than usual, with the highlights being a paper in JAMA demonstrating changes in study conclusions following subsequent re-analysis of original data, plus review articles on mechanical support for cardiogenic shock and a SOP & checklist for rapid sequence intubation. The Topic of the Week is abdominal infections, starting with a general paper in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.


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Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

It's now less than 20 weeks until the 2015 Critical Care Reviews Meeting, being held in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society. This not-for-profit event will be held on Friday January 23rd, at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theme for the meeting is research translation, asking whether the results of recent major randomized controlled trials should be implemented into clinical practice. To facilitate this, the Chief Investigators for some of the biggest studies of the past year will be discussing their findings.

Niklas Nielsen will review one of the "hottest" studies in the past decade - TTM; in the year of the early goal-directed sepsis studies, Kathy Rowan will discuss her soon-to-publish studies, the UK ProMISe trial (the 3rd of the EGDT studies of the year), as well as CALORIES, a massive enteral versus parenteral nutrition study. Following on from SAILS, Danny McAuley will discuss his soon-to-publish HARP-2 study (statins in ARDS).  This makes the meeting one of the most topical events you could attend. In addition, Eddy Fan, Medical Director of the ECMO service at Toronto General, will participate in a perioperative session, where he will be joined by Eamon McCoy, inventor of the McCoy laryngoscope, and Clifford Deutschmann, Past President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. John Hinds, of cricolol fame, will be on hand to review some new evidence and distill his unique wisdom.

If you're a drive or short flight away, it would be great to have you come along. Travel on Thursday, attend the meeting on Friday and see some of the local landmarks over the weekend, before returning home on Sunday evening after a great winter break. On Saturday visit the North Coast: the World Heritage site Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillary, the oldest distillary in the world; while on Sunday experience Belfast: the new acclaimed Titanic Centre followed by a famous black taxi tour describing the troubled past of one of Europe's now most vibrant cities. The Galgorm Resort and Spa is one of Northern Ireland's premier hotels and is a 30 minute drive from Belfast International Airport.  Please feel free to contact me if you're thinking about making the trip - it would be great to hear from you. Regstration opens in just three weeks.

SMACC Chicago

The next SMACC conference 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. It's a conference like no other. Further details will be out soon 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. We also need peer reviewers. 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

Meta Analyses

Observational Studies

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Cochrane Reviews



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Guidelines & Position Statements

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Non-Clinical Review Articles

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General Interest Articles

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week



Review Articles:  Clinical Non-Clinical  I  General Interest