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Newsletter 148 / October 5th 2014



Welcome to the 148th 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 been a busy week, with presentations of many large randomized controlled trials at the Annual Congress of the ESICM this week in Barcelona. The update newsletter containing links to these studies, related editorials, congress presentations and author interviews has been updated, with most study summaries now included - the rest are on the way. If you have read those articles, then there are many more great papers to turn your attention to in this week's regular newsletter, the highlights of which are: a fascinating paper on the robustness of the evidence that we base our practice on, a statement from the Surviving Sepsising Campaign post ARISE, news that Ebola has spread outside Africa, Ebola recognition advice from the CDC, plus a range of interesting review articles. If that's not enough, the latest set of recently made open access articles from the major critical care journals is also included. If your reading time is limited, try this comprehensive paper by D’Souza on the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Given the alarming spread of Ebola virus disease, this is the Topic of the Week, starting with a general paper on the condition in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

(The internal links on the site are misbehaving, so the usual links within the newsletter are missing this week.)  

Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

For the third year running, Critical Care Reviews will be hosting a meeting discussing the major studies of the past 12 months, asking whether we should be implementing the results of these studies into our clinical practice. In addition to a host of local intensivists critiquing major studies, we are joined by Chief Investigators for some the biggest studies, including some presented just this week at ESICM. This is one of the most contemporary and welcoming critical care meeting available. This meeting, run in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society, will be held on Friday January 23rd, at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. Further details of the meeting, include speakers, topics, outline of the day, venue and accommodation are available here.

Registration for the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015 is now open! 

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.


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.



Randomized Controlled Trials

Meta Analyses

Observational Studies


Cochrane Reviews




Guidelines & Position Statements






















Recently Made Open Access Articles from the Major Critical Care Journals



Review Articles

Case Report

Critical Care

Review Articles




Case Reports

Anesthesia & Analgesia

Review Articles

Guidelines & Position Statements

British Journal of Anaesthesia

Review Articles


Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain

Review Articles



I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week