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Newsletter 171 / March 15th 2015


Welcome to the 171st 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 massive newsletter, the highlights of which are randomized controlled trials investigating red cell transfusion triggers in cardiac surgery (TITRe2 Trial), testing for ischaemic heart disease (PROMISE study) and ticagrelor for myocardial infarction (PEGASUS-TIMI 54); a case series documenting central venous catheterization in Ebola virus disease patients, a video demonstrating correcting donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, a commentary on families secretly recording conversations with physicians, as well as review articles on blood pressure management in hemorrhagic stroke, heart failure devices and airway pressure release ventilation. If you only have time for one review paper this week, try this article on the meaning of mean systemic filling pressure.

This week's vodcast from the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015 is Dr Eddy Fan from Toronto, discussing ECMO in ARDS. This week's Topic of the Week is complications of acute kidney injury, starting with a paper on hyperkalaemia in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.


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Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016

Preparations for the 2016 meeting are well underway. Once again, we plan to review the major studies of the previous year, aiming to answer the question clinicians want to know - "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. The event will be held at the stunning, new multi-million pound Titanic Centre, birthplace of RMS Titanic, voted Europe's top tourist attraction just last week.

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 global 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. Talks are given in the setting of the rebuilt famous staircase from the great ship, while both the hugely popular "informal chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlite slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. With exciting new innovations planned, this meeting promises to delivery on its burgeoning reputation. Further details will emerge over the coming months, but already some of the biggest names in critical care have been confirmed to speak.

SMACC Chicago

There are just three months to one of the biggest, and definitely the best, critical care conference in the world. The next SMACC Conference is on June 23rd to 26th, in Chicago, USA. With its informal manner and flat hierarchy, this event delivers on its promise to provide top class critical care education in a fun, modern way. Speakers are deliberately chosen for their ability to present and convey information, rather than their academic or social media status, marking this as the field leader in medical conferencing. With an emphasis on TED-like presentation styles, minimal slides and maximal social media involvement, this is the future of medical meetings. In addition to numerous world-leading academics, many active in the altruistic social media world of FOAM are there to contribute, including helping deliver a massive set of workshops the day before the main meeting begins.  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. I hope to see you there.

Intensive Care Society of Ireland - Regional Lung ESICM Meeting

The ICSI host a superb three day ESICM meeting at Dubin Castle on June 11th to 13th, focusing on every aspect of respiratory critical care, from mechanical ventilation to ARDS to heart-lung interactions. This event is ideal for anyone interested in updating their knowledge, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the field.

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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.

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

American College of Cardiology Meeting

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Meta Analyses

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Observational Studies

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Case Series

Full Text:  Rees. Safety and feasibility of a strategy of early central venous catheter insertion in a deployed UK military Ebola virus disease treatment unit. Intensive Care Med 2015;epublished March 12th


Cochrane Reviews


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Guidelines & Position Statements

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Study Critiques

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Non-Clinical Review Articles

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Pre-Clinical Review Articles

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week


Review Articles:  Clinical  Non-Clinical  |  Pre-Clinical