CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 284  |  May 21st 2017

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Welcome to the 284th 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 week's newsletter are the KARE randomised controlled trial, investigating keratinocyte growth factor in ARDS; guidelines on oxygen use, hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal septic shock, & management of  the potential organ donor, as well as narrative reviews on the ICM research agenda on extracorporeal life support, high protein intake and central venous access device–related upper extremity deep vein thrombosis.

Based on correspondence earlier this week in Critical Care, entitled "Video vs direct laryngoscopy in the ICU: are we asking the right question?", and a subsequent Twitter discussion, this week's Topic of the Week is awake video laryngoscope intubation, starting with a paper by Stephen Lapinsky on endotracheal intubation in the ICU in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

Next month the Intensive Care Society of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society jointly host a meeting in Belfast on June 9th and 10th. With a range of international speakers discussing contemporary critical care issues this promises to be an excellent event. Further information and registration details are available here.

Just Out:

As a very late addition to the newsletter, the first couple of major critical care trials from the ATS Meeting in Washington are just out:



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There is just over a month until Das SMACC with just a handful of tickets remaining availabe 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.


The Intensive Care Society of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society jointly host a summer scientific meeting in Belfast on June 9th and 10th. With major interntaional speakers from Australia, the USA, Denmark, Spain and the UK, this promises to be an excellent event. The programme and registration are available here. Hopefully I'll see you there.

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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