Newsletter 99 / October 27th 2013




Welcome to the 99th 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 and guidelines from over 300 clinical and scientific journals.

I've been travelling this week, with limited time available, which means I have been unable to review all the usual journals, or to provide written summaries of the main research studies. Normal service will resume next week.

The topic for This Week's Papers is modern laryngoscopes, starting with a paper on video laryngoscopes in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.
Don't forget the upcoming Critical Care Reviews Meeting next January outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. The programme has been approved for 5 CPD points by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and registration is now open. 



Meta Analysis

Journal of Neurotrauma:     Spinal Cord Injury

Full Text:  van Middendorp. The Effects of the Timing of Spinal Surgery after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Neurotrauma 2013;30(21):1781-1794  


Critical Care:     Intra-Abdominal Hypertension

Full Text:  Holodinsky. Risk factors for intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome among adult intensive care unit patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Critical Care 2013;17:R249


Respiratory Care:     Early Tracheostomy

Full Text:  Shan. Benefits of Early Tracheotomy: A Meta-analysis Based on 6 Observational Studies. Respir Care 2013;58:1856-1862  


Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery:     Pericardiocentesis


BioMed Research International

Full Text:  Kwok. Risk Prediction Models for Mortality in Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Systematic Review. BioMed Research International 2013;2013:504136   


PLoS One:     Vancomycin

Ye. Benefits of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Vancomycin: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 2013;8(10):e77169


Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology:     Coffee

Abstract:  Bravi. Coffee Reduces Risk for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: An Updated Meta-analysis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013;11(1):1413-1421.e1 


Observational Studies

Critical Care:     Ventilator-Associated Respiratory Infection

Full Text: Shahin. Suspected ventilator-associated respiratory infection in severely ill patients: a prospective observational study. Crit Care. 2013 Oct 22;17(5):R251   


Critical Care:     Cardiac Arrest

Full Text:  Tjepkema-Cloostermans. A Cerebral Recovery Index (CRI) for early prognosis in patients after cardiac arrest. Critical Care 2013;17:R252 


The Lancet Infectious Diseases:     Clostridium Difficile

Abstract:  Planche. Differences in outcome according to Clostridium difficile testing method: a prospective multicentre diagnostic validation study of C difficile infection. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2013;13(11):936-945


Critical Care:     Sepsis Biomarkers

Full Text:  Liu. Diagnostic value and prognostic evaluation of Presepsin for sepsis in an emergency department. Critical Care 2013;17:R244 


Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy:     Selective Digestive Decontamination

Abstract:  Houben. Selective decontamination of the oropharynx and the digestive tract, and antimicrobial resistance: a 4 year ecological study in 38 intensive care units in the Netherlands. J Antimicrob Chemother 2013;epublished October 21st


Case Report

The Lancet:     Tissue-Engineering

Abstract:  Gonfiotti. The first tissue-engineered airway transplantation: 5-year follow-up results. Lancet 2013;epublished October 23rd   


Consensus Statement


World Journal of Gastroenterology:     Oesophagectomy


Respiratory Care:     Synchronized Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation


Study Critique

Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     Upper GI Bleeding


Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     Proseva Study


Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     CRASH 2



Respiratory Care:     Ventilator-Associated Events


Journal of the American Medical Association:     Antibiotic Resistance


Journal of the American Medical Association:     Mobile Health Technology


Scientist:     Peer Review 


Nature:     Execution


Nature:     SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online)


Review - Clinical


Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     Pain in ICU


Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     Brainstem Testing


Pharmaceuticals:     Acute CNS Injury


Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology:     Ischaemic Stroke


Anesthesiology:     Gabapentoids



Journal of the American Heart Association:     Oral Anticoagulants


Circulation Research:     Cardiac Regeneration


Current Opinion in Critical Care:     Cardiogenic Shock


Current Opinion in Critical Care:     3D Echocardiography


Clinical Cardiology:     Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation


Clinical Cardiology:     Aortic Dissection during Pregnancy


Swiss Medical Weekly:     Ranolazine


Swiss Medical Weekly:     Long QT Syndrome



Avicenna Journal of Medicine:     Sclerosing Encapsulating Peritonitis


Indian Journal of Nephrology


Indian Journal of Urology:     Urinary Intestinal Diversion


Virulence:     Group A Streptococci


Virulence:     Meningococcal Disease


Virulence:     Sepsis Bioidentification


PLoS Pathogens



Journal of Emergencies, Trauma & Shock:     Phosphgene Gas Exposure    



Journal of the Intensive Care Society:     A Patient's ICU Experience


Perspectives in Clinical Research:     Research-Related Injury

Indian Journal of Anaesthesia:     Anaesthetic Machine


Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology:     Case-Control Studies


Swiss Medical Weekly:     Medical Brain Drain


PLoS Biology:     Open Access Publication


PLoS Biology:     Article Metrics



I hope you find these articles useful. Apologies for the truncated newsletter.

Until next week