CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 204 / November 8th 2015

 

Welcome to the 204th 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.

The highlights of this week's newsletter are randomized controlled trials investigating haloperidol for the prevention of ICU subsyndromal delirium and empirical broad spectrum antibiotic therapy in patients with cirrhosis, review articles on drug-induced hyperthermia and non-nutritive uses of lipid emulsions, a series of four short papers on how to peer review, and a fantastic collection of papers on fluid management from the British Journal of Anaesthesia, in the latest from the monthly feature Recently Made Open Access Articles from the Major Critical Care Journals.

At next month's Intensive Care Society's State-of-the-Art Meeting in London, I debate Luciano Gattinoni on whether ventilator-induced lung injury exists and Eddy Fan on how ARDS definitions prevent progress in the field. As part of the build up to the event, this week's Topic of the Week is VILI, starting with a paper describing its physical basis in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

The most popular aspect of the Critical Care Reviews Meeting is the "Informal Chat" session, held in the evening after the formal talks. Delegates have the opportunity to get a drink, and chat with the guest speakers in a laid back format, overlooking the slipways where RMS Titanic and Olympic were built. If the slipways aren't an interesting enough backdrop, the yellow building at the end of the slipways is the studio where the hit TV series Game of Thrones is filmed!

 

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Research

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Respiratory

Gastrointestinal

Hepatobiliary

Renal

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Haematological

Toxicology

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Guidelines

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Editorials

Commentaries

Case Reports

Anesthesia & Analgesia

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Editorial

General Interest

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Anesthesiology

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Editorial

Commentaries

Case Reports

Anaesthesia

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Correspondence

Medicine Intensiva

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Meetings

 

It's now less than three months to the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016, reviewing the major studies of the previous year. As usual, we aim to answer the question clinicians want answered - "should I implement the results of this trial into my daily practice?" To help with this, we will have a combination of chief investigators for some of these studies plus major international intensivists to provide commentary. From Wellington, New Zealand, Dr Paul Young will talk on his studies SPLIT (saline versus plasmalyte) and HEAT (paracetamol for pyrexia control). Dr John Holcomb (Houston, USA) will review his mega trial PROPPR, evaluating blood product transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage. Dr Anthony Gordon (London, England), will review his VANISH study, a multi-centre randomized controlled trial comparing vasopressin with noradrenaline, with or without hydrocortisone, for first-line vasopressor support in septic shock. Prof Tim Walsh (Edinburgh, Scotland) will review the ABLE study, including his ABLE UK component, evaluating age of transfused red cells, as well as RECOVER, a post-ICU rehab study. In addition, two of the most eminent intensivists in global critical care, Prof Jean-Louis Vincent (Brussels, Belgium) and Prof Luciano Gattinoni (Milan, Italy) will be on hand to discuss the significance of these findings. A new feature for the meeting is the John Hinds' Trauma Lecture, with Dr Brian Burns (Sydney HEMS, Australia) travelling across the world to deliver the inaugural presentation. It won't be all study discussion, with other elements to the meeting, including the spectacularly popular "Informal Chat", taking place that evening.

If you haven't yet attended this modern, niche meeting, then put the date Friday January 29th in your diary. Both delegate and speaker feedback from previous meetings has been incredibly positive, allowing the event to grow and attract some of the biggest names in critical care. The Titanic Centre is just minutes from Belfast City Airport, with a hotel within 3 minutes walking distance, and is a 20 minute walk from the city centre, including the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast's cultural centre full of great restaurants and pubs. Further details regarding delegate rate accommodation should be available in the next week or two. Talks are given in the setting of the rebuilt famous staircase from the great ship, while both the "Informal Chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlit slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. With some exciting new innovations planned, this new meeting promises to delivery on its burgeoning reputation. Don't wait too long before registering, as numbers are capped to keep this an intimate event. It is as strong a one day programme as you could possibly find. If you think your colleagues would find this event interesting, please circulate this information - this is a not-for-profit event, run in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society.

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The next SMACC Conference is on June 13th to 16th, in Dublin, Ireland. Registration opened on October 28th, sold out in a few hours, and closed again. Luckily, there are two further smaller batches of tickets available on Wednesday December 2nd and Wednesday February 3rd. With world leading academics and high profile clincians from the FOAMed critical care world, this conference fuses knowledge, dynamism and enthusiasm with an altruisitic desire to be the best we can be for the benefit of our patients. It's the most fun, modern critical care conference in the world. If you've been lucky enough to register for #smaccDUB, the presentations from SMACC Chicago, which are now online at Intensive Care Network, will give you an idea as to what to expect.

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This year's State-of-the-Art Meeting promises an exciting programme in a new dynamic format.  It aims to be the first major national society to fully embrace social media and free open access medical education, with an opening plenary session and a workshop, as well full integration of Twitter questions into sessions, live blogging, and open-access AV materials. 

State-of-the-Art is the biggest critical care meeting in the UK, and it's on the move: by combining the resources and influence of the ICS, with a radical redesign and the input of a whole new committee, including several from the FOAMed world, such as Steve Mathieu (The Bottom Line), Jonathan Downham (Critical Care Practitioner), and me. The result should be something unique. It's also the only meeting of this size where the delegates get to steer how the meeting evolves, so have your say.

Take a look at the website or the flyer. The meeting is at London ExCeL, 20 minutes from the West End.

 

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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.  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

Rob

 

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