Newsletter 141 / August 17th 2014



Welcome to the 141st Critical Care Reviews Newsletter, bringing you the best critical care research published in the past week, plus a wide range of free full text review articles, guidelines, commentaries, editorials, study critiques, correspondence and case reports from hundreds of clinical and scientific journals.

Continuing our focus on excellent open access critical care journals, the topic for This Week's Papers is a selection of articles from Current Anesthesiology Reports, starting with a paper on perioperative myocardial ischaemia in tomorrow's Paper of the Day. If you only have time to read one article this week, the paper by Marik on drowning in salt water is a good choice.

Review Articles:  Clinical 


Upcoming Meetings

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2015

It's now less than six months until the 2015 Critical Care Reviews Meeting, being held in association with the Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society. This not-for-profit event will be held on Friday January 23rd, at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theme for the meeting is research translation, asking whether the results of recent major randomized controlled trials should be implemented into clinical practice. To facilitate this, the Chief Investigators of some of the biggest studies of the past year will be discussing their findings, including Niklas Nielsen (Sweden, PI of the TTM study), Kathy Rowan (England, head of ICNARC and PI of ProMISE and CALORIES), plus Danny McAuley (NI, PI of HARP-2). Additional guest speakers include Eddy Fan (head of ECMO at Toronto General, Canada), Clifford Deutschman (Philidelphia, USA, the immediate past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine), and Eamon McCoy, the inventor of the McCoy laryngoscope. A host of local consultant intensivists will also be reviewing other major RCTs from 2014, again helping you decide if you should be implementing the results of these studies. It's one of the most up-to-date, clinically relevant meetings around. 

If you're a drive or short flight away, it would be great to have you come along. Travel on Thursday, attend the meeting on Friday and see some of the local landmarks over the weekend, before returning home on Sunday evening after a great winter break. On Saturday visit the North Coast: the World Heritage site Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillary, the oldest distillary in the world; while on Sunday experience Belfast: the new acclaimed Titanic Centre followed by a famous black taxi tour describing the troubled past of one of Europe's now most vibrant cities. The Galgorm Resort and Spa is one of Northern Ireland's premier hotels and is a 30 minute drive from Belfast International Airport.  Please feel free to contact me if you're thinking about making the trip - it would be great to hear from you. Regstration will open the first week in October.

SMACC Chicago

The next SMACC conference will be held June 23rd to 26th, in Chicago, USA. Just like the Critical Care Reviews Meeting, this is a not-for-profit event, run by a team interested in sharing knowledge in a fun, modern way. It's a conference like no other. Further details will be out soon on the SMACC website.

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Critical Care Horizons

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. A call for papers has been issued, so if you have something interesting to say, and can say it in an engaging manner, please get in touch. The first issue will be released on January 1st 2015.

COI - I am the editor-in-chief of this new journal, but work in a voluntary capacity, as do all the editors.

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Randomized Controlled Trials

Meta Analyses

Observational Studies

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Guidelines & Position Statements

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Case Reports

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I hope you find these links useful.

Until next week



Review Articles:  Clinical