CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 257  |  November 13th 2016

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Welcome to the 257th 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 a RCT on the use of exenatide after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, a case report on the development of a fully implanted brain–computer interface in a locked-In patient, reviews on cytomegalovirus infection in immunocompetent critically ill adults, the microcirculation and its measurement in sepsis and different research designs and their characteristics in intensive care, as well as correspondence about SIRS in the new sepsis 3.0 definition.

This week's Topic of the Week is perioperative management, starting with a paper on peri-operative cardiac protection for non-cardiac surgery in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

If you haven't yet booked your registration for the Intensive Care Society's State-of-the-Art Meeting at the London Excel Arena, then both time and availability are running out. With a superb programme, including standout talks from the MacLaren F1 Medical Team and Google Deepmind, as well as presentations and discussions from multi-disciplinary intensive care specialists from across the world, this will be a meeting to remember. I'll be there, so be sure to say hi if you make it. If you can't get to London, in keeping with modern critical care conferences, all the material from the meeting will be made freely available after the event.



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CCR17 Poster

Once again the Critical Care Reviews Meeting will be discussing the biggest studies of the previous year with their chief investigators, asking the question "should we implement the results of this trial into our dialy practice?". We also have the John Hinds Trauma Lecture, delivered this year by Prof Donat Spahn (Zurich), lead for the new European Trauma Guideline, published a few months ago. Paul Marik thinks he has discovered "The Cure for Sepsis", while John Myburgh will explain the ins and outs of research methodology in the "Path to Truth". In addition, there is the very popular "How I Manage....." series of short talks from our speakers on conditions they are experts in, the "Year in Review" and the now famous "Informal Chat" in the bar after the main event.

Don't forget to register for dinner also, where the menu is based on an original menu from the only sailing the Titanic made. Registration for both the meeting and meal is available on the meeting webpage. The Critical Care Reviews Meeting is a not-for-profit event.

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The 2016 Winter Meeting of the ICSI is on Saturday December 3rd at Acton's Hotel in Kinsale, Co Cork. Here are links to both the programme and registration form. Hopefully I'll see you there.


The first release of tickets for Das SMACC sold out in just 2.5 hours this week. The next opportunity will be on Wednesday December 7th (depending on where you are in the world). If you haven't yet checked out the programme and workshops, then have a look on the SMACC website. The Hardcore Intensive Care workshop being organised by Steve Mathieu and Sarah Yong will cover all your critical care questions.


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This adult and paediatric ICM meeting is jointly organized by the Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SICM), Singapore and the Australia-New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) and is scheduled for 20-24 April 2017 in Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. It has grown from its humble beginnings in a small hospital venue to become one of the best ICM conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Past editions featured prominent speakers such as Jean Louis Vincent, Daniel De Backer, John J Marini, Rinaldo Bellomo amongst many others, and in this edition the list of distinguished international panel of speakers, program schedule and planned workshops look more impressive than ever. Beside the obvious educational benefits, this conference is also a great opportunity to experience the unique Singaporean culture, enjoy its famed gastronomy and visit its attractions.

The call for abstracts have started and Education Grants are available for selected delegates. Registration for the conference and pre-conference workshops is now open and can be found 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