CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 290  |  July 2nd 2017

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Dr Annet Alenyo Ngabirano at das SMACC


Welcome to the 290th 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. It's not the strongest issue I've ever managed, as I was time limited for obvious reasons - das SMACC! A huge congratulations to Roger Harris, Oli Flower, Chris Nickson and the rest of the Organising Committee for producing the best SMACC yet, which is quite an achievement. The best medical conference in the world continues to get better. There is no SMACC in 2018 - in 2019 we return to Sydney and the birthplace of the event (February 12th to 14th, 2019). The talks were exceptional, but my favourite, and I think the best talk at any of the last 4 conferences I've attended, was delivered by Annet Alenyo Ngabirano, an emergency physician from Uganda. I highly recommend watching this when it is released online.

Given the altruistic nature of this magnificent event, delegates have begun providing financial support to African colleagues to help them attend medical conferences in Africa. Regardless as to whether you attended das SMACC or not, the majority of us receiving this newsletter are fortunate to be amongst the 16% inhabiting the "developed" wealthy world. You can contribute here on Supadel and help those who do their very best to care for the most vulnerable in the world. Go on, it's the right thing to do.

Because of this, this week's Topic of the Week is Critical Care in Resource Limited Settings, starting with a paper on Intensive Care Unit Capacity in Low-Income Countries in tomorrow's Paper of the Day.

I usually leave the SoMe round up to the excellent guys at Life in the Fast Lane, but a recent addition to the community has caught my attention.  Andrew Davies from Melbourne has crafted a fantastic series of podcasts on "Mastering Intensive Care". Interviewing esteemed intensivists from Australia, these talks provide a wealth of sage advice as to how to provide excellent critical care while also looking after your own health and wellbeing.



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The ANZICS/ACCCN Annual Scientific Meeting, which incorporates the annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference, will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 11-13 October 2017. The Annual Scientific Meeting will be the preeminent critical care conference in Australasia for the calendar year and will be an important platform that will allow doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners to meaningfully connect and discuss new developments and research in the field of intensive and critical care.

The theme of the Meeting is “Thinking Outside the Flags” and will focus upon innovative and challenging advances that lie outside the safe zone of current practice, as well as the potential dangers that they may bring.  A number of highly regarded international speakers will join our distinguished national and local speakers, experts in the field of intensive care medicine, nursing and allied health, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program.

Registration and the call for abstracts will open on 20 March 2017. For further information or to express your interest in attending, please visit


State-of-the-Art is back, for the 3rd year of its new format and an all-new venue in Liverpool for 2017. The futurism and innovation theme continues with novel topics including robotics, optical imaging of bacterial infection, new technology in patient recovery, and new device interventions in acute cardiology.  

However, the focus on day-to-day care is not lost, and there are clinical updates in acute medicine, ARDS, mechanical ventilation, trauma, nutrition, rehabilitation, endocrine management in ICU,  cancer patients in ICU, the difficult and altered airway, and much more.  Pragmatic "how I treat..." sessions proved popular last year and will continue, along with meaningful debates on UK critical care, including the trend toward centralisation.  

In addition, the trademark vibe of SOA will still be there with pop-up talks, panel debates, 'meet the expert' booths, new generation video e-posters, parent and infant facilities, two drinks evenings, and a new final night after-party.  Registration and abstract submission is now open at

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


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