Newsletter 144 / September 7th 2014



Welcome to the 144th 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. It's a large newsletter, with the highlights being the remainder of the ESC Congress research papers, guidelines on cardiac tamponade plus perioperative cardiac evaluation and management, and review articles on extra-corporeal support for ARDS and parenteral nutrition in critical care. The Topic of the Week is thoracic infections, starting with a paper on descending mediastinitis in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

It's now less than five months until the 2015 Critical Care Reviews Meeting, being held in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society. This not-for-profit event will be held on Friday January 23rd, at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theme for the meeting is research translation, asking whether the results of recent major randomized controlled trials should be implemented into clinical practice. To facilitate this, the Chief Investigators for some of the biggest studies of the past year will be discussing their findings.

Niklas Nielsen will review one of the "hottest" studies in the past decade - TTM; in the year of the early goal-directed sepsis studies, Kathy Rowan will discuss her soon-to-publish studies, the UK ProMISe trial (the 3rd of the EGDT studies of the year), as well as CALORIES, a massive enteral versus parenteral nutrition study. Following on from SAILS, Danny McAuley will discuss his soon-to-publish HARP-2 study (statins in ARDS).  This makes the meeting one of the most topical events you could attend. In addition, Eddy Fan, Medical Director of the ECMO service at Toronto General, will participate in a perioperative session, where he will be joined by Eamon McCoy, inventor of the McCoy laryngoscope, and Clifford Deutschmann, Past President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. John Hinds, of cricolol fame, will be on hand to review some new evidence and distill his unique wisdom.

If you're a drive or short flight away, it would be great to have you come along. Travel on Thursday, attend the meeting on Friday and see some of the local landmarks over the weekend, before returning home on Sunday evening after a great winter break. On Saturday visit the North Coast: the World Heritage site Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillary, the oldest distillary in the world; while on Sunday experience Belfast: the new acclaimed Titanic Centre followed by a famous black taxi tour describing the troubled past of one of Europe's now most vibrant cities. The Galgorm Resort and Spa is one of Northern Ireland's premier hotels and is a 30 minute drive from Belfast International Airport.  Please feel free to contact me if you're thinking about making the trip - it would be great to hear from you. Regstration opens the first week in October.

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. It's a conference like no other. Further details will be out soon 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 issue will be released on January 1st 2015.

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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Randomized Controlled Trials

ESC Congress Papers

Before-and-After Studies

Meta Analyses

Observational Studies

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Guidelines & Position Statements

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Case Reports

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Lancet Infectious Disease Series on Emerging Respiratory Infections




Non-Clinical Review Articles

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Basic Science Review Articles

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Recently Made Open Access

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Review Articles


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Case Reports

Critical Care

Review Articles




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Anesthesia & Analgesia

Review Articles

Case Report


British Journal of Anaesthesia

Review Articles


Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain

Review Articles

Anaesthesia Intensive Care

Review Articles


Critical Care & Resuscitation


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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week