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Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2017

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2017

Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2017

The Critical Care Reviews Meeting has claimed its own niche amongst intensive care medicine conferences worldwide. Reflecting the focus of the Critical Care Reviews project on the literature, this meeting invites chief investigators for the most interesting critical care trials of the year to come to Belfast and discuss their work. After slowly growing for the past 4 years, the 2017 event sold out, with delegates coming from as far away as Georgia, India, the USA and Australia, which is remarkable for a one-day meeting. Speakers are equally attracted to this unique gathering, traveling from across the globe to talk about their trials which have taken years to design, complete and report.

As with previous years, the speakers and trials under discussion were of the highest quality. Dr Gonzalo Hernandez (Madrid) presented his study evaluating the role of high flow nasal oxygen after extubation of patients in the ICU; Dr Peter Hjortrup (Copenhagen) examined his CLASSIC trial, comparing liberal with conservative fluid management in sepsis; Prof Peter Hutchinson (Cambridge) spoke on his RESCUEicp trial, exploring the role of decompressive craniectomy in traumatic brain injury-related intra-cranial hypertension; Prof Tony Gordon (London) discussed his LeoPARDS trial assessing levosimendan in septic shock; and Prof Mervyn Singer (London) considered the latest sepsis definition, SEPSIS 3.0. In addition, Prof Donat Spahn (Zurich), the lead for the 2016 European Trauma Guideline, presented the annual honorary John Hinds Trauma Lecture; Prof Paul Marik (Norfolk, USA) presented interesting exploratory work on the treatment of sepsis with steroids, vitamin C and thiamine, while Prof John Myburgh (Sydney) gave a fascinating talk on research methodology. Several speakers also gave enlightening short talks on how they actually manage specific conditions in which they have considerable expertise. The faculty also came together for two panel discussions, one a review of the remaining major trials of 2016 and the other the hugely popular “informal chat” session in the evening.

For many delegates this was their first attendance at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting. The combination of world class speakers discussing major contemporary studies in an informal manner amidst the inspiring setting of Titanic, Belfast, was a clear winner. Not only did almost all leave overwhelmingly positive feedback, but the prominence of Critical Care in Belfast rose internationally due to the impact on social media and the possibility of freely viewing the recorded talks online. All delegates also received a free copy of the Critical Care Reviews Book 2017, discussing, critiquing and putting in context the biggest critical care trials of 2016. This book was written by five consultant intensivists, four of whom work in RICU, with the print run for the meeting kindly sponsored by REVIVE. In keeping with the altruistic ethos of Critical Care Reviews, the pdf of the book is freely available online and has been downloaded over 7000 times in the first 6 weeks since its release.

Planning for the 2018 event is already well underway, with a number of speakers confirmed. #CCR18 is on Friday, January 19th , again at Titanic, Belfast. Registration opens Sunday April 9th and promises to sell out.”

The videos of the talks are available at:
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