Newsletter 187th  |  July 12th 2015


Welcome to the 187th 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.

Last Saturday I took Critical Care Reviews offline, as a mark of respect to my friend and colleague Dr John Hinds, who tragically died whilst providing medical cover at the Skerries Motorcycling Road Race in Dublin. John was an incredibly gifted doctor and the most natural presenter I have heard. He will be missed by all who knew him, and many who did not, but were inspired by his SMACC talks. As our lives are short, and occasionally shorter than expected, this is a fitting moment to remember, during our busy, pressurised lives, to take time to stop and smell the flowers. Accordingly, I've altered the website to reflect the beauty of the world we live in. Perhaps, when you see some of these images, you will be reminded of "our humble genius". Some of these images may take a while to load on slower computers, but I'll continue to optimise the site for faster browsing.

Last weekend I didn't send the weekly newsletter, which was almost ready to go when the sad news of John's death reached me. This is that newsletter now reaching you a week late. I'll try to catch up on the missing articles from last week.

This week's Topic of the Week is general anaesthetic drugs, starting with a paper on intravenous anaesthetics in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.



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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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Case Reports


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Anesthesia & Analgesia

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Echo Didatics

British Journal of Anaesthesia

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BJA Education

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Medicina Intensiva

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Due to hugely successful previous events, the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 has been moved to a brand new venue, the stunning, multi-million pound Titanic Centre, birthplace of RMS Titanic,  As before, the meeting theme is to review the biggest studies of the previous year, with chief investigators present where possible to discuss their work in person. From Wellington, New Zealand, Dr Paul Young will talk on his studies SPLIT (saline versus plasmalyte) and HEAT (paracetamol for pyrexia control). Dr John Holcomb (Houston, USA) will review his mega trial PROPPR, evaluating blood product transfusion ratios in traumatic haemorrhage. Prof Tim Walsh (Edinburgh, Scotland) will review the ABLE study, including his ABLE UK component, evaluating age of transfused red cells, as well as RECOVER, a post-ICU rehab study. Similarly, Prof Danny McAuley (Belfast, Northern Ireland) will also review a post-ICU rehab study, the REVIVE trial. In addition, two of the most eminent intensivists in global critical care, Prof Jean-Louis Vincent (Brussels, Belgium) and Prof Luciano Gattinoni (Milan, Italy) will be on hand to discuss the significance of these findings. It won't be all study discussion, with other elements to the meeting, including the spectacularly popular "Informal Chat", taking place that evening.

If you haven't yet attended this modern, niche meeting, then put the date Friday January 29th in your diary. Both delegate and speaker feedback from previous meetings has been incredibly positive, allowing the event to grow and attract some of the biggest names in critical care. The Titanic Centre is just minutes from Belfast City Airport, with a hotel within 3 minutes walking distance, and is a 20 minute walk from the city centre, including the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast's cultural centre full of great restaurants and pubs. Further details regarding delegate rate accommodation should be available in the next week or two. Talks are given in the setting of the rebuilt famous staircase from the great ship, while both the "Informal Chat" session and dinner overlook the floodlit slipways where Titanic and Olympic were launched. With some exciting new innovations planned, this new meeting promises to delivery on its burgeoning reputation. The finalised programme won't be released until later this Autumn, but don't wait too long before registering, as numbers are capped to keep this an intimate event. It is as strong a one day programme as you could possibly find. If you think your colleagues would find this event interesting, please circulate this information - this is a not-for-profit event, run in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society.

This year's State-of-the-Art Meeting promises an exciting programme in a new dynamic format. With strong social media input, and fresh ideas from those successfully delivering free educational content through various FOAM websites and events, this conference will be very different to before. Covering every CPD requirement, and attracting the most eminent researchers from the UK and beyond, the State-of-the-Art meeting remains the biggest critical care conference in the UK.

CCH Journal

After almost a year of preparation, the first issue of the new genuine open access critical care journal, Critical Care Horizons is nearing publication. This 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.  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