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Newsletter 161 / January 4th 2015

 

Welcome to the 161st Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best critical care research published in the past week, plus a wide range of free full text review articles, guidelines, commentaries, editorials, study critiques, correspondence and case reports from hundreds of clinical and scientific journals.

As you would expect, it's the quietest week of the year in the critical care literature, so it's a relatively small newsletter, the highlights of which are review articles on coagulation abnormalities in sepsis, a two part series on advanced echo in critical care, and a paper on persisting fever in ICU. Normal service should be resumed next week.

This week's Topic of the Week is albumin, starting with a general paper on the clinical uses of albumin in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

 



 

Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

It's now less than three weeks until the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015, discussing the hottest trials of 2014. Studies being reviewed include the mechanical chest compression device studies CIRC and LINC; ALBIOS, investigating albumin in sepsis; TRISS, evaluating red cell transfusion thresholds in septic shock; OPTIMISE, looking at perioperative goal-directed haemodynamic therapy; SEPSISPAM, examining blood pressure targets in septic shock, PEITHO, exploring fibrinolysis in intermediate-risk PE, and a comparison of cerebral perfusion pressure-targeted therapy versus intracranial pressure-targeted therapy for raised intracranial pressure in paediatric CNS Infections. Chief investigators for three of the major RCTs presented at the Hot Topics Session of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine meeting in Barcelona in October are present to discuss their work (CALORIES, HARP 2, VITdAL-ICU), as is the chief investigator for TTM. 2014 is the year of the early goal-directed sepsis therapy studies, and the chief investigator for ProMISe will be on hand to discuss the results of ProCESS & ARISE, as well as give an insight into the yet to finish UK sepsis study ProMISe. If this wasn't enough, there are also review talks from world experts on early mobilisation, ECMO, airway management, sepsis and neuroprognostication post cardiac arrest. Regardless if you're a believer in, or skeptic of, evidence-based medicine, you'll be amazed by the discussion on this recent paper exposing the fragility of the science we base our practice on.

The programme is available and online registration is open. With a global array of speakers, including the chief investigators for some of the biggest studies of the past 12 months, this is one of the most contemporary meetings around. If you've been waiting to register, time is running out, so please do so today. Please feel free to contact me if you're thinking about making the trip - it would be great to hear from you.

SMACC Chicago

The next SMACC conference will be held June 23rd to 26th, in Chicago, USA. Just like the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, this is a not-for-profit event, run by a team interested in sharing knowledge in a fun, modern way. The workshops are fast selling out, with some already sold out, so move quickly. Further details are available on the SMACC website.

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Critical Care Horizons

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. A call for papers has been issued, so if you have something interesting to say, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. The first articles are currently being worked on, so it will be a little longer until they are published.

COI - I am the editor-in-chief of this new journal, but work in a voluntary capacity, as do all the editors.

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Research

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Basic Science Review Articles

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Recently Made Open Access Articles from the Major Journals

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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Chest

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Debate

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Case Reports

Commentary

Critical Care

Anesthesiology

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Anesthesia & Analgesia

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British Journal of Anaesthesia

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I hope you find these links useful.


Until next week

Rob

 



 

 

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