Newsletter 170 / March 8th 2015


Welcome to the 170th 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.

The highlight of this week's newsletter is the DARE study, an observational investigation into timing of discharge from the ICU. There are a host of excellent review articles, including some recently made open access papers from the major critical care journals. If you only have time for one paper, I suggest this one on bioterrorism from Adalja, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Also this week, I came across the oldest known video footage of anaesthesia, dating from 1899.

This week's Topic of the Week is aortic emergencies, starting with a paper on acute aortic syndrome in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016

The vodcasts from the 2015 meeting have begun to go online, with two further talks available this week. Dr Chris Nutt (N. Ireland) critiques the OPTIMISE trial, whilst Dr Karin Amrein (Austria) discusses her major vitamin D randomized controlled trial, VITdAL-ICU.

The venue and date for the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 have been finalised. The event will be held at the stunning, new multi-million pound Titanic Centre, birthplace of RMS Titanic, on Friday January 29th. If you haven't yet attended this modern, niche meeting reviewing the biggest studies of the year, then put this date in your diary. Both delegate and speaker feedback from previous meetings has been incredibly positive, allowing the event to grow and attract chief investigators for the biggest critical care trials. The Titanic Centre is just minutes from Belfast City Airport, with a hotel within 3 minutes walking distance and a 20 minute walk from the city centre, including the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast's cultural centre full of great restaurants and pubs. Talks are given in the setting of the rebuilt famous staircase from the great ship, while both the hugely popular "informal chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlite slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. Further details will emerge over the coming months.

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, including the amazing programme, 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.

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

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Recently Made Open Access Articles from the Major Journals

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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Case Report


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Case Reports

Anesthesia & Analgesia

Review Articles



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British Journal of Anaesthesia

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General Interest

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week