Date: 3-7 Oct 2015; Venue: CityCube, Berlin, Germany
APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!
Date: 6th & 7th October, 2015 at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Target audience: Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and anyone interested in critical care respiratory medicine
Venue: G/F, HKEC Training Centre for Clinical Technology and Healthcare Management, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
Early bird application on or before 10th August, 2015: $2500
On or after 11th August, 2015: $2800
Lunch and tea included on both days of the course
Cancellation policy: Cancellation of registration must be notified in writing to Ms Candice Law. 50% of registration fee will be returned for cancellation made on or before 6th September 2015. There will be no refund for cancellation made on or after 7th September 2015.
2015 Jun - Dobutamine Therapy is Associated with Worse Clinical Outcomes Compared with Nesiritide Therapy for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Wang XC, Zhu DM, Shan YX. ;Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2015 Jun 28. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND: Inotropes and natriuretic peptides are essential components of current therapeutic options for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). This systematic review examines the therapeutic effectiveness of dobutamine and brain natriuretic peptide, nesiritide, in reducing mortality and readmission rates for ADHF treatment.
2015 Jun - Alternative intubation techniques vs Macintosh laryngoscopy in patients with cervical spine immobilization: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Suppan L, Tramèr MR, Niquille M, Grosgurin O, Marti C. Br J Anaesth. 2015 Jun 30. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND: Immobilization of the cervical spine worsens tracheal intubation conditions. Various intubation devices have been tested in this setting. Their relative usefulness remains unclear.
Date: 29-31 Oct 2015; Venue: Skycity Conference Center, Auckland, NZ
2015 Jul 15 - Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-Products Predicts Impaired Alveolar Fluid Clearance in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Matthieu Jabaudon, Raiko Blondonnet, Laurence Roszyk, Damien Bouvier, Jules Audard, Gael Clairefond, Mathilde Fournier, Geoffroy Marceau, Pierre Déchelotte, Bruno Pereira, Vincent Sapin, and Jean-Michel Constantin Am. J. Resp. Crit. Care Med. Jul 15, 2015, vol. 192, no. 2: 191-199
Rationale: Levels of the soluble form of the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (sRAGE) are elevated during acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and correlate with severity and prognosis. Alveolar fluid clearance (AFC) is necessary for the resolution of lung edema but is impaired in most patients with ARDS. No reliable marker of this process has been investigated to date.
2015 Jul 1 - Determining the Ideal Strategy for Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Prevention. Cost–Benefit Analysis
Westyn Branch-Elliman, Sharon B. Wright, and Michael D. Howell Am. J. Resp. Crit. Care Med. Jul 1, 2015, vol. 192, no. 1: 57-63
Rationale: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common healthcare-associated infection with high associated cost and poor patient outcomes. Many strategies for VAP reduction have been evaluated. However, the combination of strategies with the optimal cost–benefit ratio remains unknown.
2015 Apr - Acquired factor V inhibitor in a patient receiving venous-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for Legionella pneumonia
Lam KW, Au Yeung KW, Lai KY.; Hong Kong Med J. 2015 Apr;21(2):187.e1-2.
We report a rare complication of factor V deficiency in a patient having Legionella pneumonia. This patient also had other complications like severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute kidney injury, and septic shock that required venous-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support.
Prabhakar H, Kalaivani M.; Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Jun 25;6:CD009202.
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 8, 2012.Failure to respond to antiepileptic drugs in patients with uncontrolled seizure activity such as refractory status epilepticus (RSE) has led to the use of anaesthetic drugs. Coma is induced with anaesthetic drugs to achieve complete control of seizure activity. Thiopental sodium and propofol are popularly used for this purpose. Both agents have been found to be effective. However, there is a substantial lack of evidence as to which of the two drugs is better in terms of clinical outcome.
2015 Jul - Introducing Final-Year Medical Students to Pocket-Sized Ultrasound Imaging: Teaching Transthoracic Echocardiography on a 2-Week Anesthesia Rotation
Ho AM, Critchley LA, Leung JY, Kan PK, Au SS, Ng SK, Chan SK, Lam PK, Choi GY, Wai JK, Lee AP, Chan SO.; Teach Learn Med. 2015 Jul-Sep;27(3):307-13.
PROBLEM: The availability of less expensive and smaller ultrasound machines has enabled the use of ultrasound in virtually all major medical/surgical disciplines. Some medical schools have incorporated point-of-care ultrasound training into their undergraduate curriculum, whereas many postgraduate programs have made ultrasound training a standard. The Chinese University of Hong Kong has charged its Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care to spearhead the introduction of ultrasound into the final-year medical curriculum by introducing handheld transthoracic echocardiography as part of perioperative assessment.
2015 JMun - Exercise rehabilitation following intensive care unit discharge for recovery from critical illness
Connolly B, Salisbury L, O'Neill B, Geneen L, Douiri A, Grocott MP, Hart N, Walsh TS, Blackwood B; ERACIP Group.; Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Jun 22;6:CD008632.
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle wasting and weakness are significant complications of critical illness, associated with degree of illness severity and periods of reduced mobility during mechanical ventilation. They contribute to the profound physical and functional deficits observed in survivors. These impairments may persist for many years following discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU) and can markedly influence health-related quality of life. Rehabilitation is a key strategy in the recovery of patients after critical illness. Exercise-based interventions are aimed at targeting this muscle wasting and weakness. Physical rehabilitation delivered during ICU admission has been systematically evaluated and shown to be beneficial. However, its effectiveness when initiated after ICU discharge has yet to be established.
2015 May - Protective versus Conventional Ventilation for Surgery: A Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis
Serpa Neto A, Hemmes SN, Barbas CS, Beiderlinden M, Biehl M, Binnekade JM, Canet J, Fernandez-Bustamante A, Futier E, Gajic O, Hedenstierna G, Hollmann MW, Jaber S, Kozian A, Licker M, Lin WQ, Maslow AD, Memtsoudis SG, Reis Miranda D, Moine P, Ng T, Paparella D, Putensen C, Ranieri M, Scavonetto F, Schilling T, Schmid W, Selmo G, Severgnini P, Sprung J, Sundar S, Talmor D, Treschan T, Unzueta C, Weingarten TN, Wolthuis EK, Wrigge H, Gama de Abreu M, Pelosi P, Schultz MJ.; Anesthesiology. 2015 May 15
BACKGROUND: Recent studies show that intraoperative mechanical ventilation using low tidal volumes (VT) can prevent postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs). The aim of this individual patient data meta-analysis is to evaluate the individual associations between VT size and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) level and occurrence of PPC.
2015 Jul - Glucocorticosteroids for sepsis: systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis
Volbeda M, Wetterslev J, Gluud C, Zijlstra JG, van der Horst IC, Keus F.; Intensive Care Med. 2015 Jul;41(7):1220-34
INTRODUCTION: Glucocorticosteroids (steroids) are widely used for sepsis patients. However, the potential benefits and harms of both high and low dose steroids remain unclear. A systematic review of randomised clinical trials with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis (TSA) might shed light on this clinically important question.
2015 Jul - Myocardial Dysfunction in Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: No Correlation With Inflammatory Cytokines in Real-life Clinical Setting
Giora Landesberg, MD, DSc; Phillip D. Levin, MA, BChir; Dan Gilon, MD; Sergey Goodman, MD; Milena Georgieva, MD; Charles Weissman, MD; Allan S. Jaffe, MD; Charles L. Sprung, MD, FCCP; Vivian Barak, PhD CHEST Jul 2015; 148(1): 93-102
BACKGROUND: In vitro studies suggested that circulating inflammatory cytokines cause septic myocardial dysfunction. However, no in vivo clinical study has investigated whether serum inflammatory cytokine concentrations correlate with septic myocardial dysfunction.
Yên-Lan Nguyen, MD, MPH; David J. Wallace, MD, MPH; Youri Yordanov, MD; Ludovic Trinquart, PhD; Josefin Blomkvist, MSc; Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, FCCP; Jeremy M. Kahn, MD; Philippe Ravaud, MD, PhD; Bertrand Guidet, MD CHEST Jul 2015; 148(1): 79-92
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the research on volume and outcome relationships in critical care.
2015 Jul - Standardizing Predicted Body Weight Equations for Mechanical Ventilation Tidal Volume Settings
Olinto Linares-Perdomo, PhD; Thomas D. East, PhD; Roy Brower, MD; Alan H. Morris, MD CHEST Jul 2015; 148(1): 73-78
BACKGROUND: Recent recommendations for lung protective mechanical ventilation include a tidal volume target of 6 mL/kg predicted body weight (PBW). Different PBW equations might introduce important differences in tidal volumes delivered to research subjects and patients.
Annals of Intensive Care 2015, 5:17 (1 July 2015)
Unlike for septic shock, there are no specific international recommendations regarding the management of cardiogenic shock (CS) in critically ill patients. We present herein recommendations for the management of cardiogenic shock in adults, developed with the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system by an expert group of the French-Language Society of Intensive Care (Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF)), with the participation the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care (SFAR), the French Cardiology Society (SFC), the French Emergency Medicine Society (SFMU), and the French Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (SFCTCV).
2015 Jun - Vancomycin continuous infusion versus intermittent infusion during continuous venovenous hemofiltration: slow and steady may win the race
Annals of Intensive Care 2015, 5:10 (8 May 2015)
Background: Vancomycin during continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) is either administered by intermittent infusion (II) or continuous infusion (CI). In this patient population, the best method to rapidly achieve target serum concentrations of 15 mcg/ml to 25 mcg/ml remains to be elucidated. We hypothesized that CI would achieve a target serum level of 15 mcg/ml to 25 mcg/ml within 24 h of the initiation of therapy more consistently than II.