CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 232  |  May 22nd 2016

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Welcome to the 232nd 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 a massive newsletter this week, with RCTs from the American Thoracic Society Meeting in San Francisco, as well as several other big critical care trials. There are also a host of great review articles, including papers on ultrasound of extravascular lung water, gunshot wounds: A review of ballistics, bullets, weapons, and myths, and mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation in and on the way to the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

If you only have time for one review article this week, try this paper on advances in antibiotic therapy in the critically ill. This week's Topic of the Week is the excellent annual Update in Anaesthesia from the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, starting with a paper on perioperative acute kidney injury in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

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Following last year's massively successful event, the UK Intensive Care Society's State-of-the-Art Meeting is starting its build-up to 2016. The ICS completely changed its game in 2015, and relaunched SOA as a new beacon for forward-looking clinical content, open-access education, and medical social media. In keeping with the times, the podcasts and other materials from last year's meeting have been made open access.
This year the programme is looking even better, with topics ranging from the futuristic (space medicine, Formula 1 applied technology, Google Deepmind, and AI) through to the human, practical, and controversial (look out for the clinical scenarios, controversies, and the "From Ivory Tower to Desert Island" session).  Speakers include Peter Brindley, Kevin Fong, Jack Iwashyna, Kath Maitland, Louise Rose, Mervyn Singer, and Jean-Louis Vincent among many others.  It runs from Mon 5th - Wed 7th Dec, and I hope I'll see you there.  Keep an eye on for programme and registration, and meanwhile enjoy the comprehensive FOAM from last year.



American Thoracic Society Meeting

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There is only one month to SMACC DUB. If you haven't yet booked your pre-conference workshop, then the "Stop Gambling - Applying Evidence to Practice" session comes highly recommended (...cough...). You will be encouraged to doubt the ground on which you stand, then come to terms with how we handle that uncertainty in real life practice – without becoming a nihilist.

Stop Gambling

The Irish Critical Care-Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG) host a two hour meeting in conjunction with the Intensive Care Society of Ireland Annual Meeting in the AVIVA Stadium on Saturday June 11th and two Clinical Research Foundation Workshops on Sunday June 12th & Monday June 13th. A distinguished international panel of guests will be present to demonstrate how a CTG functions and what each unit needs to know. In addition, this meeting provides the opportunity to network and keep up to speed with the ICC-CTG's current and future trials portfolio.

A networking dinner will be hosted on Monday 13th June in Sophie's Restaurant at The Dean Hotel. These meetings will be immediately before SMACC Dub and may also be of interest to those visiting Dublin. The registration fee is €50 and includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day.  Book before 1st May to avail of the Early Bird option of €30 (limited availability).

Please contact Louise at to register for the meeting and meal.

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. The meeting programme and registration are available on the brand new, and beautiful, Intensive Care Society of Ireland website.



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.


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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.  The website has caught a cold, but will be back up very soon.

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