CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 253  |  October 16th 2016

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PEPTIC Study Podcast with Shay McGuinness


Welcome to the 253rd 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. The highlight of this week's edition is a meta analyses from a friend and colleague in Belfast, Jon Silversides, on the role of deresuscitation in critical care. You hear more of this RADAR project as the trial team start planning the follow up RCT. There are loads of guidelines out this week, including the latest guidance from the American Association of Blood Banks on red cell transfusion thresholds. On the same topic, there is also a Cochrane Review on transfusion thresholds, which makes for an interesting comparison. If you only have time for one review article this week, try this paper on chronic critical illness.

The latest podcast, discussing the PEPTIC study on stress ulcer prophylaxis with Shay McGuinness from Auckland is now out also.

Unsurprisingly, this week's Topic of the Week is deresuscitation, starting with a paper on the pharmacological management of fluid overload in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

In other news, The University of Cambridge Master of Studies in Intensive Care Medicine is available again. This is a two year combined clinical and academic training scheme in Cambridge for aspiring tertiary centre intensive care medicine consultants. It comprises a one-year Postgraduate Certificate course, a two-year Master of Studies (MSt) and a two year course on Healthcare Education Leadership and Management. This Clinical Medicine Programme will enhance the specialist training of senior intensivists in training and broaden their understanding of healthcare education, research, leadership and management. Applicantions and further information are available here.

Finally, I've attached a flyer for #CCR17. If you think your colleagues might be interested in attending this superb one-day meeting, please forward this around your department. This is a not-for-profit event.












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Once again the Critical Care Reviews Meeting will be discussing the biggest studies of the previous year with their chief investigators, asking the question "should we implement the results of this trial into our dialy practice?". We also have the John Hinds Trauma Lecture, delivered this year by Prof Donat Spahn (Zurich), lead for the new European Trauma Guideline, published a few months ago. Paul Marik thinks he has discovered "The Cure for Sepsis", while John Myburgh will explain the ins and outs of research methodology in the "Path to Truth". In addition, there is the very popular "How I Manage....." series of short talks from our speakers on conditions they are experts in, the "Year in Review" and the now famous "Informal Chat" in the bar after the main event.

Don't forget to register for dinner also, where the menu is based on an original menu from the only sailing the Titanic made. Registration for both the meeting and meal is available on the meeting webpage. The Critical Care Reviews Meeting is a not-for-profit event.


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.


(Image from Chensiyuan via Wikipedia)

This adult and paediatric ICM meeting is jointly organized by the Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SICM), Singapore and the Australia-New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) and is scheduled for 20-24 April 2017 in Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. It has grown from its humble beginnings in a small hospital venue to become one of the best ICM conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Past editions featured prominent speakers such as Jean Louis Vincent, Daniel De Backer, John J Marini, Rinaldo Bellomo amongst many others, and in this edition the list of distinguished international panel of speakers, program schedule and planned workshops look more impressive than ever. Beside the obvious educational benefits, this conference is also a great opportunity to experience the unique Singaporean culture, enjoy its famed gastronomy and visit its attractions.

The call for abstracts have started and Education Grants are available for selected delegates. Registration will begin very shortly.


The programme is now out for Das SMACC and registration opens on October 26th at 8am Sydney time. Follow the countdown clock to registration on the SMACC website so you don't miss out. Tickets will sell out in minutes.

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