CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 228  |  April 24th 2016

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Welcome to the 228th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best critical care research and open access articles from across the medical literature over the past seven days. The highlights of this week's newsletter are the randomised controlled HICORES Trial, guidelines on prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia, hypothermia-related transfusion complications in trauma and pain, sedation, withdrawal and delirium assessment in critically ill infants and children. If you only have time to read one article this week, try either this paper on Ebola virus disease: the UK critical care perspective or this article on designing phase 3 sepsis trials.

This week's Topic of the Week is from a series in Transfusion, on haemostatic resuscitation in traumatic haemorrhage, starting with a paper on where now for transfusion: the evolution of a paradigm and its logical progression in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

The inaugural John Hinds Trauma Lecture, delivered by Dr Brian Burns at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2016 was released this week and is available below. Registration has opened for #CCR17, so if you want to see the second in this annual series, just sign up for next year's meeting on Friday January 27th at the Titanic Centre in Belfast. The faculty is pretty impressive already. If you want a print copy of the Critical Care Reviews Book 2016, summarising, critiquing and discussing the biggest studies of last year, a small number are still available, at below cost price. The pdf is available as a free download.

The Inaugural John Hinds Trauma Lecture 

Dr Brian Burns (Sydney):  Trauma Care - Back to the Future



Review Articles







Series on Traumatic Haemorrhage from Transfusion



There are less than three months to SMACC DUB. The presentation podcasts from Chicago are available at Intensive Care Network. See you in Dublin in June!

Dublin opt

(Image from Wikimedia)

The Irish Critical Care-Clinical Trials Group (ICC-CTG) host a two hour meeting in conjunction with the Intensive Care Society of Ireland Annual Meeting in the AVIVA Stadium on Saturday June 11th and two Clinical Research Foundation Workshops on Sunday June 12th & Monday June 13th. A distinguished international panel of guests will be present to demonstrate how a CTG functions and what each unit needs to know. In addition, this meeting provides the opportunity to network and keep up to speed with the ICC-CTG's current and future trials portfolio.

A networking dinner will be hosted on Monday 13th June in Sophie's Restaurant at The Dean Hotel. These meetings will be immediately before SMACC Dub and may also be of interest to those visiting Dublin. The registration fee is €50 and includes lunch & refreshments throughout the day.  Book before 1st May to avail of the Early Bird option of €30 (limited availability).

Please contact Louise at to register for the meeting and meal.

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.


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.

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