Newsletter 173 / March 29th 2015


Welcome to the 173rd 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.

The big news this week is the release of the speakers names for the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016. You won't want to miss it! And there's a newsletter also....

This week's Topic of the Week is septic acute kidney injury, based on a series from Seminars in Nephrology, starting with a paper on the sepsis-associated acute kidney injury in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.


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Review Articles:  Clinical Non-Clinical


Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016

Since the last meeting 8 weeks ago, I've been busy working on next year's programme. To go with a brand new venue, the stunning, multi-million pound Titanic Centre, birthplace of RMS Titanic, I can now announce an incredible speaker line-up. As before, the meeting theme is to review the biggest studies of the previous year, with chief investigators present where possible to discuss their work in person. And I've gone to the Ends-of-the-Earth to secure the chief investigators for the most interesting trials of the year, with many of them due to publish over the next several months. From Wellington, New Zealand, Dr Paul Young will talk on his studies SPLIT (saline versus plasmalyte) and HEAT (paracetamol for pyrexia control). Dr John Holcomb (Houston, USA) will review his mega trial PROPPR, evaluating blood product transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage. Prof Tim Walsh (Edinburgh, Scotland) will review the ABLE study, including his ABLE UK component, evaluating age of transfused red cells, as well as RECOVER, a post-ICU rehab study. Similarly, Prof Danny McAuley (Belfast, Northern Ireland) will also review a post-ICU rehab study, his REVIVE trial. In addition, two of the most eminent intensivists in global critical care, Prof Jean-Louis Vincent (Brussels, Belgium) and Prof Luciano Gattinoni (Milan, Italy) will be on hand to discuss the significance of these findings. It won't be all study discussion, with other elements to the meeting, including the spectacularly popular "Informal Chat", taking place that evening.

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 "Informal Chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlite slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. With some exciting new innovations planned, this new meeting promises to delivery on it's burgeoning reputation. The finalised programme won't be released until later this Autumn, but don't wait too long before registering, as numbers are capped to keep this an intimate event. It is as strong a one day programme as you could possibly find. If you think your colleagues would find this event interesting, please circulate this information - this is a not-for-profit event from which I make no money.

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 in this field, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the area.

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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

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Meta Analyses

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Observational Studies

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Cochrane Reviews


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Seminars in Nephrology






Non-Clinical Review Articles

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week



Other:  Editorials  |  Commentaries  |  Correspondence
Review Articles:  Clinical Non-Clinical