Newsletter 175 / April 12th 2015


Welcome to the 175th 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.

There are several high quality randomized controlled trials this week, investigating age of transfused cells in cardiac surgery, regional citrate anticoagulation in RRT, early rehab in sepsis, and the latest ARDS surfactant trial. Draft changes to the UK difficult airway society guidelines have been released, as has new guidance on percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices. Amongst the review articles are papers on haemodynamic monitoring, TRALI and venomous snake bites. If you only have time to read one review article this week, try this paper by Ronco on controversy and consensus in renal replacement therapy in acute kidney injury.

This week's Topic of the Week is respiratory monitoring, starting with a paper on ventilatory monitoring in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016

Delegates have already started to register for the 2016 meeting, once again reviewing the major studies of the previous year with chief investigators present to discuss their work. Numbers are capped so don't wait too long before securing your place. Join us on January 29th for a world class meeting in a world class venue. 

SMACC Chicago

Time is also running out to register for the next SMACC Conference, on June 23rd to 26th, in Chicago, USA. This is without doubt the most enjoyable critical care conference in the world. There has been a late additional cadaveric procedural workshop added on Thursday 25th. Check out this podcast describing just what this workshop will entail.  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.

Intensive Care Society State-of-the-Art Meeting

Details of this year's UK State-of-the-Art Meeting are due to be released very shortly. With a huge amount of work ongoing behind the scenes, this promises to be a much more dynamic event than before, with numerous new faces and formats.

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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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Guidelines & Position Statements

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Non-Clinical Review Articles

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Basic Science Review Articles

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General Interest

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I hope you find these links useful.


Until next week


Review Articles:  Clinical Non-Clinical  I  Basic Science |  General Interest