CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 221  |  March 6th 2016

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Welcome to the 221st Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best critical care research and open access articles from across the medical literature over the past seven days. It's been a busy week, as I did a minor update to the website and newsletter, as well as adding a new RSS feed. The highlights of this week's newsletter are randomised controlled trials on procalcitonin guidance in reducing the duration of antibiotic treatment in critically ill patients and impregnated central venous catheters for prevention of bloodstream infection in children, as well as a number of great reviews, including papers on hemodynamic monitoring in the era of digital health, recent advances in the management of pulmonary embolism, and macrolides and respiratory infection in critically ill patients. If you only have time for one article this week, try this paper on Acute Right Ventricular Dysfunction : Real-Time Management With Echocardiography.

This week's Topic of the Week is central venous catheterisation, starting with a paper on methods of central venous access for haemodialysis in tomorrow's Paper of the Day. The latest presentation from the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 is John Holcomb discussing the PROPPR trial on blood product transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage.

 John Holcomb discusses the PROPPR trial at #CCR16




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American Journal of Respiratory Medicine





Case Reports




Case Reports


Anesthesia & Analgesia



British Journal of Anaesthesia








Although SMACCDUB sold out in less than 24 hours over three separate releases, there are still ways to get there. You can enter the SMACC BYTE competition. Summarise your favourite SMACC talk in a single slide or infographic and be in to win. Check out these examples. Entries close on close on Thursday, 10 March 2016 and the winners will be announced soon after on St. Patrick’s Day.

Failing that, you can enter the auction for two SMACC DUB ‘Golden Tickets‘. The winners will be true SMACC VIPs, with deluxe front row armchair seats, a personal butler, tickets to the speakers dinner, a chance to hangout with their favourite speaker and special SMACC packs. All proceeds will be donated to Focus Ireland, a charity tackling homelessness in Ireland. The auction starts 9am AEST 4th March and ends 9am AEST 9th March 2016.


Dublin opt

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The 13th Annual Critical Care Symposium is on April 28th and 29th in Manchester Town Hall, England. This meeting aims to bring together world renowned speakers for a conference outside London and to provide a conducive environment allowing informal discussion. Most importantly, this event provides good quality education covering various topics in Intensive Care at an affordable price.

The 9th UK Critical Care Research Forum is being held on 23rd – 24th June 2016 at the Sage Gateshead, with over 20 research proposals as well as sessions on adaptive trial design, international collaborations in critical care trials and patient-centred research. There is also a Forum dinner at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Registration is now open.

The Summer Scientific Meeting of the Intensive Care Society is on Saturday June 11th at the Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish Rugby and Soccer. The theme is toxicology and features several of the SMACC faculty who will be in town that weekend. Registration hasn't yet opened, but the meeting programme is available here.


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 this newsletter useful.

Until next week