CCR-Newsletter-BannerNewsletter 397  |  July 23rd 2019

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Welcome to the 397th 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 the effects of flexible family visitation on delirium & ICU diaries on posttraumatic stress disorder; systematic reviews and meta analyses on driving pressure for ventilated ARDS patients & procalcitonin-guided antibiotic treatment in patients with positive blood cultures; and observational studies on the association between state-mandated protocolized sepsis care and in-hospital mortality in sepsis & time to treatment with endovascular reperfusion therapy and outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

There are also guidelines on advanced training in echocardiography & key data elements and definitions for transthoracic echocardiography; narrative reviews on renal replacement therapy & biomarkers in ICU infections, as well as an entire series on CO2-derived variables for haemodynamic management in critically ill patients; editorials on ventilator-associated pneumonia & critical care nephrology; and commentaries on evidence vs consensus in clinical practice guidelines & the legacy of project Apollo. If you only have time to read one review article this week, try this one on invasive fungal infections.

After my unexpected loss of internet connectivity whilst travelling last month, I've finally caught up!



Review Articles

CCR20 Meeting

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 Trauma Lecture, 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


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