CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 176  |  April 19th 2015


Welcome to the 176th 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 publication of the RECOVER randomized controlled trial by Prof Tim Walsh (Edinburgh), one of the featured studies for in-depth discussion at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016. In addition, there are several other interesting RCTs, including high flow nasal oxygen for rapid sequence intubation in hypoxaemic ICU patients, ex-vivo perfusion of donor hearts for heart transplantation, another trial on corticosteroids for community-acquired pneumonia, plus the latest in a series of studies on endovascular therapies for stroke. There is also a case series documenting heart transplantation after organ recovery from non-heart beating donors, as well as guidelines / position statements on perioperative fluids, hyperglycaemia and sedation. If you only have time for one paper this week, try this one on management of severe sepsis: advances, challenges, and current status.

This week's Topic of the Week is ICU rehabilitation, starting with a paper on physiotherapist management of ICU-acquired weakness in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



If you haven't yet registered, now is the time to do so. SMACC is the most innovative, invigorating, inspiring and fun critical care conference available. In just 10 weeks, delegates from across the world will converge on Chicago for the third running of this incredible event.  With an emphasis on TED style presentations, minimal slides and maximal social media involvement, this is the future of medical meetings. In addition to numerous world-leading academics, many active in the altruistic social media world of FOAM are there to contribute, including helping deliver a massive set of workshops the day before the main meeting begins.  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. I hope to see you there.

The 2015 State-of-the-Art Meeting promises to be a much changed event. With a strong input from social media, the meeting has embraced new and exciting ideas to be delivered by a fantastic faculty. Check out the new website, due to launch later this week. More details will be available in next week's newsletter when they are available.

The ICSI host a superb three day ESICM meeting at Dubin Castle on June 11th to 13th, focusing on every aspect of respiratory critical care. From mechanical ventilation to ARDS to heart-lung interactions, this event is ideal for anyone interested in updating their knowledge in this field, under the guidance of some of the leading names in the area.

It may be 9 months away, but already there have been delegates registering from across the UK and Ireland for the 2016 meeting, at the Titanic Centre, Belfast. Once again we aim to review the major studies of the previous year with chief investigators present to discuss their work. Located beside an airport, and within walking distance of the city centre, this meeting has been optimised for the travelling delegate.  Numbers are capped so don't wait too long before securing your place. Join us on January 29th for a world class meeting in a world class venue.



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CCH Journal

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.


I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week