Newsletter 157 / December 7th 2014



Welcome to the 157th 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 another great newsletter, packed full of interesting articles, the highlights are of which are a RCT comparing normonatraemic with hyponatraemic maintanence fluids in children, an observational study investigating adrenaline use in cardiac arrest, a guideline on mobilizing mechanically ventilated patients, plus review papers on fluid resuscitation, mechanical ventilation in ARDS and interpreting p values. There are two superb series of papers, one on haemorrhage and blood transfusion from Anaesthesia and the other on mechanical cardiac support from Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Recently made open access articles from the major journals are added to the first newsletter of every month, with 27 excellent articles included. If you only have time for one paper try this paper on "Rethinking Antioxidants in the Intensive Care Unit."

This week's Topic of the Week is subarachnoid haemorrhage, starting with a general paper on the management of this condition in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

It's just 7 weeks until the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015, on Friday January 23rd, reviewing the hottest critical care trials of 2014. 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. Register early and don't miss out. 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. It's a conference like no other. Further details, including the programme and registration, 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. We also need peer reviewers. The first issue will be released in January 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

Meta Analyses

Observational Studies

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Guidelines & Position Statements




Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery







Anaesthesia Supplement






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


Review Articles     

Critical Care

Review Articles

Anesthesia & Analgesia

Review Articles


British Journal of Anaesthesia

Review Articles


Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain

Review Articles

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week