Critical Care Reviews Newsletter

April 3rd 2012



Welcome to the 17th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter. Every week over two hundred clinical and scientific journals are monitored and the most important and interesting research publications in critical care are highlighted. These studies are added to the Journal Watch section of the website on a daily basis, as publication occurs. A link to either the full text or abstract, depending on the publishers degree of open access, is attached.

It's been a relatively quiet week for critical care publications, resulting in a short Newsletter this week.



Critical Care:     Sepsis

Full Text:  Wong. Clinical review: Sepsis and septic shock - the potential of gene arrays. Critical Care 2012;16:204


Clinical Kidney Journal:     AKI Biomarkers

Full Text:   de Geus. Biomarkers for the prediction of acute kidney injury: a narrative review on current status and future challenges. Clin Kidney J 2012;5(2):102-108



Annals of Internal Medicine:     Red Cell Transfusion

Full Text: Carson. Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the AABB. Ann Intern Med 2012; epublished ahead of print



Annals of Internal Medicine:     Red Cell Transfusion

Full Text: Vincent: Indications for Blood Transfusions: Too Complex to Base on a Single Number? Ann Intern Med 2012;epublished ahead of print



Resuscitation:     Vasopressors in Cardiac Arrest

In a systematic review of 53 studies investigating the use of vasopressors in cardiac arrest, Larabee determined that, compared to placebo, adrenaline improved short term survival, but not long term survival. Similarly, high dose adrenaline achieved a better short term outcome, but not long term outcome, than standard dose adrenaline. Vasopressin was equivalent to adrenaline.

Abstract: Larabee. Vasopressors in Cardiac Arrest: A Systematic Review. Resuscitation 2012;epubished ahead of print



I hope you find these brief summaries useful.

Until next week