Newsletter 216  |  February 1st 2015 
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Welcome to the 216th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best research and open access articles from across the critical care literature in the past seven days. It's a small newsletter, which is a day late, as it's been a busy week in Belfast, with the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 being held just a few days ago.

A huge thanks to the speakers who travelled, cumulatively, almost three times around the world to attend the conference. Both Paul Young and Brian Burns are still in transit, somewhere between Europe and the South Pacific, on their way home. Many thanks also to our delegates who travelled from across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. I was unfortunate enough to come down with near-lethal man-flu, and was unable to talk at the meeting. Many thanks to Chris Nutt (@nuttchristopher) and Danny McAuley (@dfmcauley) for stepping in at the last minute to speak and chair, respectively. All talks have been recorded and will be released on the website for free download in both vodcast and podcast format. We also produced a book for the meeting, where we reviewed almost 30 of the biggest critical care studies of 2015. We've been asked to make it available for download, so here it is. The image above is from the first talk of the day, where Jean-Louis Vincent and Luciano Gattinoni debated whether randomised controlled trials were killing critical care.

This week's Topic of the Week is a selection of neuro papers, from a series in the Journal of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, starting with a paper on biomarkers in neuro critical care in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.




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The next SMACC Conference is on June 13th to 16th, in Dublin, Ireland. Registration opened on October 28th, sold out in a few hours, and closed again. The same happened on Wednesday December 2nd, but in just minutes this time. The final batch goes on sale tomorrow night (Tuesday 2nd) at 9pm Irish time. With world leading academics and high profile clincians from the FOAMed critical care world, this conference fuses knowledge, dynamism and enthusiasm with an altruisitic desire to be the best we can be for the benefit of our patients.  It's the most fun, modern critical care conference in the world. If you've been lucky enough to register for #smaccDUB, the presentations from SMACC Chicago, which are now online at Intensive Care Network, will give you an idea as to what to expect.

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The 36th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is on March 15th to 18th at the Brussels Meeting Centre, Belgium. This is one of the premier critical care conferences globally and features a vast array of critical care researchers covering every aspect of practice. Further details, including registration options, can be found at the conference webpage.


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.  If you have an idea for a paper, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. We also need peer reviewers.

COI - I am the editor-in-chief of this new journal, but work in a voluntary capacity, as do all the editors.


I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week