CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 177  |  April 26th 2015


Welcome to the 177th 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 small newsletter this week, packed with high quality articles. The research highlight is the THAPCA Trial, the paediatric equivalent of the TTM study, while a number of interesting guidelines have also been published, covering devastating brain injury, from the Neurocritical Care Society, provision of intensive care services, from the UK Intensive Care Society, and the ethics of intensive-care interventions, from the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. There are a number of excellent review articles including papers on neuromonitoring techniques, drug-induced hyperthermia in critical care and sepsis: a roadmap for future research. If you only have time for one review article, try this one on neuroprotection in acute brain injury.

Following on from the Swiss guideline, this week's Topic of the Week is ethical cases and issues, from a series of articles from the Journal of the Intensive Care Society, starting with a paper on medical manslaughter and corporate liability in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



It may be 9 months away, but already there have been delegates registering from across the UK and Ireland for the 2016 meeting, at the Titanic Centre, Belfast. Once again we aim to review the major studies of the previous year with chief investigators present to discuss their work. Located beside an airport, and within walking distance of the city centre, this meeting has been optimised for the travelling delegate.  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.

If you haven't yet registered, now is the time to do so. SMACC is the most innovative, invigorating, inspiring and fun critical care conference available. In just 10 weeks, delegates from across the world will converge on Chicago for the third running of this incredible event.  With an emphasis on TED style presentations, 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.

Under the brilliant guidance of meeting organiser Dr Ganesh Suntharalingam, this year's State-of-the-Art Meeting promises an exciting programme in a new dynamic format. With strong social media input, and fresh ideas from those successfully delivering free educational content through various FOAM websites and events, this conference will be very different to before. Covering every CPD requirement, and attracting the most eminent researchers from the UK and beyond, the State-of-the-Art meeting remains the biggest critical care conference in the UK. 

If I survive this summer's debate with Prof Paul Marik at SMACC, then I get to go head to head with another two academic heavyweights, Prof Luciano Gattinoni and Dr Eddy Fan, in a three way ARDS debate. As future and former speakers at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, I promise to take it easy on them......

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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CCH Journal

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. The first issue isn't too far away, so stay tuned over the coming weeks.

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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Until next week