Newsletter 220  |  February 28th 2016

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Welcome to the 220th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the most important research and open access articles from the past seven days. The highlights from the literature this week are the new Sepsis Definition (which was spoken about by Clifford Deutschmann at #CCR15) and LUNGSAFE, a large multicentre observational study documenting the epidemiology of ARDS.

Speaking of the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, the first talk from #CCR16 is now available, featuring Paul Young discussing his SPLIT trial, including the presentation of new, unpublished data and the first description of the massive #PLUStrial. Next up is John Holcomb and his mega trial PROPPR, which will be out later this week. To view these talks, please adjust your video player settings to HD, as Vimeo has made a strange change to it's default setting, resulting in the video often playing at low resolution. All videos from previous Critical Care Reviews Meetings are available to view here. Podcasts of these videos are in production.

Unsurprisingly, this week's Topic of the Week is sepsis, starting with a paper on "Antibiotics: from prehistory to the present day" in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.


Paul Young: Saline or Plasmalyte - Is SPLIT the Solution?



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Although SMACCDUB sold out in less than 24 hours over three separate releases, there are still ways to get there. You can enter the SMACC BYTE competition. Summarise your favourite SMACC talk in a single slide or infographic and be in to win. Check out these examples. Entries close on close on Thursday, 10 March 2016 and the winners will be announced soon after on St. Patrick’s Day.

Failing that, you can enter the auction for two SMACC DUB ‘Golden Tickets‘. The winners will be true SMACC VIPs, with deluxe front row armchair seats, a personal butler, tickets to the speakers dinner, a chance to hangout with their favourite speaker and special SMACC packs. All proceeds will be donated to Focus Ireland, a charity tackling homelessness in Ireland. The auction starts 9am AEST 4th March and ends 9am AEST 9th March 2016.


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The 13th Annual Critical Care Symposium is on April 28th and 29th in Manchester Town Hall, England. This meeting aims to bring together world renowned speakers for a conference outside London and to provide a conducive environment allowing informal discussion. Most importantly, this event provides good quality education covering various topics in Intensive Care at an affordable price.

The 9th UK Critical Care Research Forum is being held on 23rd – 24th June 2016 at the Sage Gateshead, with over 20 research proposals as well as sessions on adaptive trial design, international collaborations in critical care trials and patient-centred research. There is also a Forum dinner at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Registration is now open.

The Summer Scientific Meeting of the Intensive Care Society is on Saturday June 11th at the Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish Rugby and Soccer. The theme is toxicology and features several of the SMACC faculty who will be in town that weekend. Registration hasn't yet opened, but the meeting programme is available here.

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.  If you have an idea for a paper, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. We also need peer reviewers.

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