Newsletter 166 / February 8th 2015


Welcome to the 166th 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.

There have been some great studies published this week, including the long awaited PROPPR study, examining transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage. The International Club of Ascites have issued guidance on the management of acute kideny injury in patients with cirrhosis, whilst the Cochrane Collaboration have summarised the data on tracheostomy timing. In addition to the usual excellent clinical review articles, my two recommendations this week are for non-clinical reviews, on IT management and statistical reporting. There are also two superb series published, one on tropical medicine from Clinical Medicine, and another providing a fantastic overview of paediatric critical care, from Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. This latter series is chosen as this week's  Topic of the Week , starting with a paper on acute respiratory support for children and neonates in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.


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Upcoming Meetings

SMACC Chicago

Now the Critical Care Reviews Meeting has passed, attention turns to the best, and most fun, critical care conference of the year. It's little over four months to the amazing SMACC conference, on in Chicago from June 23rd to 26th. This event combines the clinicians most active in critical care and emergency medicine social media with some of the heavyweights of academia.  FOAMed speakers include Scott Weingart, Cliff Reid, Simon Carley, Haney Mallemat, Chris Nickson and Victoria Brazil, as well as the major trialists John Myburgh, Mervyn Singer, Paul Marik, Simon Finfer, Derek Angus, Anders Perner and many more to numerous to name. There are also tens of workshops available the day before the meeting begings. Just like the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, this is a not-for-profit event, run by a team interested in sharing knowledge in a modern way. It's a conference like no other. Further details, plus registration, are available on the SMACC website. I hope to see you there.

COI - I am fortunate to be invited to speak at SMACC and receive a speakers grant to attend.

  • You can check out a podcast from ICN on the Critical Care Reviews Meeting here

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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 articles are currently in preparation.

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

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Meta Analyses

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Observational Studies

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Cochrane Reviews


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Guidelines & Position Statements










Tropical Medicine Series from Clinical Medicine






Non-Clinical Review Articles

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Basic Science Review Articles

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week



Review Articles:  Clinical Non-Clinical  I  Basic Science