CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 214  |  January 17th 2016

 

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Welcome to the 214th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best research and open access articles from the critical care literature in the past week. Due to the build up to the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016, in just 12 days, there has been less time to prepare this week's edition. Having said that, there are still some fantastic pieces to read. The highlight of this newsletter is the updated Nutrition Guideline for Critically Ill Adults, a joint SCCM / ASPEN document. If you only have time for one paper this week, try this horizon scanning paper on alternatives to antibiotics.

The emphasis is now very much on the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016, being held at the Titanic Centre on Friday January 29th. With an international world class faculty discussing the biggest studies of 2015, this is the most contemporary critical care meeting available to attend. We are in the process of completing the booklet for the event, including detailed critiques of 30 of the most important studies from last year. Registration is still available on the meeting webpage.

This week's Topic of the Week is a selection of the best guidelines of 2015, starting with the executive summary of the updated ILCOR Cardiac Arrest Guidelines in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

 

 

Research

Review Articles

Airway

Circulatory

Respiratory

Sepsis

Geriatrics

Toxicology

Paediatrics

Perioperative

Miscellaneous

Meetings

Due to hugely successful previous events, the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 has been moved to a brand new venue, the stunning, multi-million pound Titanic Centre, birthplace of RMS Titanic,  As before, the meeting theme is to review the biggest studies of the previous year, with chief investigators present where possible to discuss their work in person. 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. Ton finish a fantastic day, we have a pre-dinner talk from  a colleague of mine, Mr Chris Andrews, on "My Great Great Uncle Thomas Andrews - The Man Who Built Titanic".

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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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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