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Welcome to the 400th 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 edition are randomised controlled trials on personalised mechanical ventilation tailored to lung morphology versus low PEEP for patients with ARDS & efficacy of albumin treatment for patients with cirrhosis and infections unrelated to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis; systematic reviews and meta analyses on therapeutic interventions and lung protective ventilation in patients with moderate to severe ARDS & blood pressure control and clinical outcomes in acute intracerebral haemorrhage; and observational studies on core outcome measures for research in critically ill patients receiving ECMO & emergency department sedation for mechanically ventilated patients.

There are also guidelines on pediatric post–cardiac arrest care & opioid minimization in opioid-naïve patients; narrative reviews on seizures in ICU, vasopressors for cardiogenic shock & acute kidney injury and fluid resuscitation in septic patients; editorials on blood pressure targets and vasopressors & harmful effects of mechanical ventilation on neurocognitive functions; and commentaries on liberal versus restrictive fluid therapy & machine learning.

This week's Topic of the Week is echocardiography, starting with a paper on the focus-assessed transthoracic echocardiography in today's Paper of the Day.

If you only have time to read one review article this week, try this one on adjunctive corticosteroid treatment in septic shock.

Research

Review Articles

Neurological

Circulatory

Respiratory

Gastrointestinal

Nutrition

Renal

Haematological

Sepsis

Perioperative

Miscellaneous

CCR20 Meeting

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Now in it's 8th year, the Critical Care Reviews Meeting brings the chief investigators for the best critical care trials of the previous year to Titanic, Belfast, to discuss their studies. We aim to decide whether these trials are sufficiently robust to support their findings and if we should consider changing practice on the basis of them. To help in this endeavour we invite world leading experts to provide independent editorial overviews and have panel discussions to delve deep into the specifics of each trial. In addition, we also have detailed discussions on research methodology, to encourage critical thinking about the scientific findings which form the basis of our clinical practice. It's not just about specific trials though; for 2020, we have a distinguished panel of trialists, methodologists, statisticians and clinicians provide insight into the mysteries of clinical trial interpretation. We also have the annual honorary John Hinds Lecture, to be delivered by Prof Kathryn Maitland, entitled "A Higher Calling: Two Decades of Emergency Research in Africa", and finish the meeting with the incredibly popular "Informal Chat", where the faculty and delegates congregate in the bar and an enormous, meandering discussion about all things critical care takes place.

Based on our feedback from last year, we've reverted to keeping everyone on the same floor during breaks. In addition, we will also provide a sleeping area for those post-call to rest for a few hours as needed. As before, we are offering free childcare and a baby feeding area, where the meeting will live streamed. All dietary requirements are catered for also. Please get in touch if you have any specific needs. We sold out last year, so please don't delay if you want to attend. As usual, CPD points will be applied for in due course.

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

Rob

Supported by the Health Research Board

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