CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 271  |  February 19th 2017

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Mervyn Singer discusses the Sepsis 3 definition


Welcome to the 271st 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 highlights of this weeks newsletter are the HYPERS2S trial, examining hyperoxia and hypertonic saline in septic shock, a randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of a condolence letter on grief symptoms among relatives of patients who died in the ICU; editorials on whether all patients with sepsis should receive anticoagulation and a commentary on nonreproducibility in basic and preclinical research. If you only have time for one review article this week, try either this paper on the significance of circadian rhythms and dysrhythmias in critical illness or this one on postoperative pulmonary complications.

This week's Topic of the Week is a selection of papers on aortic arch surgery, starting with a paper on immediate ICU care for patients following aortic arch surgery in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

The talks from the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2017 are now being sequentially released, with one out every Sunday and Wednesday until the entire series has been posted. First up is Mervyn Singer with a discussion on the SEPSIS 3.0 definition. Finally, the podcast versions of the talks are available too.



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There are just 5 months left unit Das SMACC and all tickets have now been sold for the main conference. If you are interested in attending the workshops, there are a very small number of tickets left for the Hardcore Intensive Care workshop being organised by Steve Mathieu and Sarah Yong. With a superb international faculty, this half-day event will address your burning critical care questions.

Whistler CG

The Canadian Critical Care Conference (www.canadiancriticalcare.CA; @CriticalCareCa) is rather special. Not only a spectacular location (world famous Whistler, British Columbia, Canada) but also the world's finest downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and mountain village location (did we mention it's in Whistler?). Located at the lovely Four Seasons Resort, we offer a meeting crammed with world renown speakers but in a more laid back, interactive, and reinvigorating setting that your typical medical conference. We cover all of the core science and latest research, but do not shy away from all those topics that make for a great, or not so great, patient care. This includes human factors, burnout and resilience, end-of-life care, multidisciplinary care, social media, organ donation, and the patient perspective. We are always kean to engage trainees and nurses, we offer world class precourses, and we ensure time to enjoy all that makes Whistler and Blackcomb so special. We have no desire to be the world's largest acute care conference. Rather we want to create something unique: an opportunity to learn; to interact, to have fun, and to leave more refreshed and engaged. Come and join us.


(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 for the conference and pre-conference workshops is now open and can be found here.


The Critical Care Symposium (CCS) was initiated to satisfy the purpose of creating a world-class environment for medical enrichment in the North of England, particularly in Manchester. It was envisioned as a common informal platform wherein professionals from the field of critical care could provide and enhance the knowledge of delegates on current practices and related fields of interest.

Now in its 14th year, the annual conference regularly has renowned speakers from around the world and attracts more than 400 delegates. And this year is no different. In recent years a parallel course on ultrasound has been conducted alongside the conference that provides ample hand-on experience over two days. This year will host the 7th Ultrasound in Acute Care. For more information please visit

ANZICS Advert 72dpi 

The ANZICS/ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting, which incorporates the annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference, will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 11-13 October 2017. The Annual Scientific Meeting will be the preeminent critical care conference in Australasia for the calendar year and will be an important platform that will allow doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners to meaningfully connect and discuss new developments and research in the field of intensive and critical care.

The theme of the Meeting is “Thinking Outside the Flags” and will focus upon innovative and challenging advances that lie outside the safe zone of current practice, as well as the potential dangers that they may bring.  A number of highly regarded international speakers will join our distinguished national and local speakers, experts in the field of intensive care medicine, nursing and allied health, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program.

Registration and the call for abstracts will open on 20 March 2017. For further information or to express your interest in attending, please visit

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