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Critical Care Reviews Podcast

The Critical Care Reviews Podcast discusses the biggest critical care trials, either planned or in progress, with their chief investigators. It's hosted by Rob Mac Sweeney, an intensivist in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We also release audio versions of the presentations from the Critical Care Reviews Meetings and ad hoc livestreams
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Feb 5, 2024

You're listening to the audio version of the TEAM trial presentation from the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2023. The TEAM trial investigated early active mobilisation in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients. The trial is presented by Carol Hodgson from Melbourne. Darren Taichman from Philadelphia, delivers the editorial. The session is chaired by Paul Mouncey (Pittsburgh).

Jan 26, 2024

Matthew Semler (Nashville, USA) presents the PILOT trial at the Critical care Reviews Meeting 2023, in Titanic Belfast. The PILOT trial compared low, intermediate and high oxygenation targets in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients.  Kath Maitland from Kigali, Kenya, delivers an independent editorial. The session is chaired by Chris Seymour from  Pittsburgh, USA. PILOT was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 10th, 2022.

Jan 16, 2024

Dr Francois Lamontagne joins Rob Mac Sweeney to discuss the harmonised REMAP-CAP / LOVIT-COVID vitamin C trial. The trial was presented at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine annual congress and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dec 3, 2023

Mark Peters and Doug Gould (both London) present the results of the OXY-PICU trial, comparing conservative with liberal oxygenation targets (SpO2 88-92% vs >94%) in critically ill children receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Luregn Schlapbach (Zurich) delivers an independent editorial. They are joined by Victoria Cornelius (London), Bronagh Blackwood (Belfast), & Matthew Semler (Nashville) for a panel discussion. The session is chaired by Howard Bauchner (Boston).

Oct 25, 2023

Scott Berry (Austin) and Danny McAuley (Belfast) join Rob Mac Sweeney to discuss the results of the statin domain of the REMAP-CAP trial, investigating 80mg once daily of simvastatin in critically ill patients with COVID-19.

Oct 12, 2023

Jan Jansen (Birmingham, USA) & Marion Campbell (Aberdeen) present the results of the UK-REBOA trial, investigating the use of REBOA in trauma patients with severe non-compressible torso haemorrhage. The editorial is delivered by John Holcomb (also from Birmingham, USA) and the session is chaired by Catriona Kelly from Dublin. The panel discussing the trial are Diana Cimpoesu (Ilsa, Romania), Caroline Leech (Coventry), Stephen Bernard (Melbourne) and Roger Lewis (Los Angeles).

Oct 12, 2023

Profs Nikki Curry (Oxford) and Karim Brohi (London) present the results of the CRYOSTAT-2 trial, evaluated early & empiric high-dose cryoprecipitate in patients with major traumatic haemorrhage. The editorial is delivered by Susan Rowell (Chicago) and the session is chaired by Phil Gillen from Belfast. The panel discussing the trial are Russell Gruen (Canberra), Caroline Leech (Coventry), John Holcomb (Birmingham, USA), Andrew Althouse (Pittsburgh) and co-investigator Simon Stanworth from Oxford.

Sep 8, 2023

Prof Ivor Douglas (Denver, USA) presents the CLOVERS trial, comparing an early restrictive fluid strategy with an early liberal fluid strategy in adult patients with sepsis-induced hypotension. Prof Fernando Zampieri (Edmonton, Canada), delivers an editorial. The session is chaired by Dr Paul Mouncey (London, England). 

Jul 27, 2023

Russell Gruen, Brian Burns and Stephen Bernard present the results of the PATCH-Trauma trial, investigating tranexamic acid in severe trauma. An independent editorial is delivered by Karim Brohi (London). Caroline Leech (Coventry) chairs a panel discussion consisting of Susan Rowell (Chicago), Carol Hodgson (Melbourne), John Holcomb (Birmingham, USA) and John Norrie (Edinburgh).

Jul 24, 2023

Glenn Eastwood presents the results of the TAME cardiac arrest trial, investigating mild hypercapnoea post cardiac arrest. He is joined by senior investigators Alistair Nichol (Dublin) and Stephen Bernard (Melbourne). An independent editorial is delivered by Lars Andersen (Aarhus). Darren Taichman (Philadelphia) chairs a panel discussion consisting of Flavia Machado (Sao paulo), Joyce Yeung (Birmingham, UK) and Andrew Althouse (Pittsburgh), as well as the other speakers.

Jul 6, 2023

Profs Matthew Prekker (Minneapolis) and Matthew Semler (Nashville) present the results of the DEVICE trial, comparing direct with video laryngoscopy for emergency intubation in the critically ill. Prof Ellen O'Sullivan (Dublin) delivers an editorial, followed by a panel discussion including Prof David Harrison (London), Dr Caroline Leech (Coventry), Dr Fiona Kelly (Bath) and Prof Alistair Nichol (Dublin). The session was chaired by Dr Catriona Kelly (Dublin).

These results were presented at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2023, held in Titanic Belfast on June 16th. The DEVICE trial was simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Jun 29, 2023

Profs Giovanni Landoni and Giacomo Monti present the results of the MERCY trial, comparing bolus administration with continuous infusion of meropenem in critically ill patients with sepsis and septic shock. The results were presented at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2023, in Titanic Belfast. Prof Flavia Machado (Sao Paulo) delivers an editorial. The panel discussion incldues Profs Kathy Rowan (London), Victoria Cornelius (London), Ivor Douglas (Denver) and Ewan Goligher (Toronto). The session was chaired by Chris Nutt (Belfast).

Oct 26, 2022

John Myburgh and Ian Seppelt  (Sydney) present the results of the SuDDICU trial at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2022, in Titanic Belfast. SuDDICU investigates selective digestive decontamination in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients. Naomi Hammond (Sydney) follows with a presentation of a systematic review and meta analysis also on SDD. John Marshall (Toronto) delivers an editorial. Danny McAuley (Belfast), Bodil Steen Rasmussen (Aalborg) and Victoria Cornelius (London) join the presenters for a panel discussion. The session is chaired by Chris Seymour (Pittsburgh).

Oct 25, 2022

Matthew Semler presents the results of the PILOT trial, comparing low, intermediate and high oxygenation targets in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients. Paul Young delivers an editorial and Chris Nutt asks questions from the viewers. The expert panel discussion includes Victoria Cornelius, Angelique de Man, Bodil Steen Rasmussen and Gilles Capellier. The paper was simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Oct 11, 2022

Prof Jan Belohlavek (Prague, Czech Republic) presents the Prague Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Study at the Critical care Reviews Meeting 2022. This study investigates the efficacy of an eCPR programme in patients with refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Dr Liz Wilcox (Toronto, Canada) follows with an editorial on the trial.

Sep 18, 2022

Lars Andersen (Aarhus, Denmark) presents the VAM-IHCA trial on June 15th at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2022, in Titanic Belfast. The VAM-IHCA trial investigates the combination of vasopressin and methylprednisolone in in-hospital cardiac arrest. Chris Seymour (Pittsburgh, USA) delivers an editorial after the trial presentation. The session is chaired by Catriona Kelly (Dublin, Ireland).

Aug 21, 2022

Nick Crombie (Birmingham, England) presents the RePHILL trial, comparing pre-hospital administration of saline with blood products in patients with trauma-related haemorrhagic shock.  Liz Wilcox (Toronto, Canada) delivers an editorial. The session is chaired by Catriona Kelly (Dublin, Ireland).

Aug 3, 2022

Derek Russell (Birmingham, USA) and Jon Casey (Nashville, USA) presents the results of the PREPARE II trial, investigating fluid bolus therapy for the prevention of cardiovascular collapse during emergency intubation. Anthony Gordon (London, England) delivers an editorial, which is followed by a panel discussion including Lennie Derde (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Andrew Althouse (Pittsburgh, USA), Elizabeth Wilcox (Toronto, Canada) and Lars Andersen (Aarhous, Denmark). The session is chaired by Chris Seymour from the USA. PREPARE II was simultaneously published in JAMA.

Jul 27, 2022
Dr Tine Sylvest Meyhoff (Copenhagen, Denmark) presents the results of the CLASSIC trial at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2022. Prof Katryn Maitland (Kalifi, Kenya) delivers an editorial, which is followed by a panel discussion including Prof David Harrison (London, England), Dr Lennie Derde (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Dr Jon Silversides (Belfast, Northern Ireland), and the chief investigator for CLASSIC, Prof Anders Perner (Copenhagen, Denmark). The session is chaired by Prof Bala Venkatesh from Brisbane, Australia.
Jul 20, 2022

Drs Padmanabhan Ramnarayan and  Paul Mouncey (both London) present the results of the FIRST-ABC trial, comparing high-flow nasal cannulae therapy with CPAP in acute ill children with respiratory failure, at the Critical Care Reviews Meeting 2022. Dr Srinivas Murthy (Vancouver) delivers an editorial, which is followed by a panel discussion including Profs Kathryn Maitland (Kalifi), John Marshall (Toronto) and Marion Campbell (Aberdeen). The session is chaired by Prof Howard Bauchner.

Jun 28, 2022

Rob Mac Sweeney (Belfast, Northern Ireland) hosts a panel discussion including Prof Paul Checchia (Houston, USA), Prof Wes Diddle (Washington DC, USA), Prof Ranjit Lall (Coventry, England), Prof Kathy Rowan (London, England), as well as the NITRIC trial chief investigator Luregn Schlapbach (Zurich, Switzerland) and editorialist Prof Mark Peters (London, England)

Jun 28, 2022

Dr Bronwen Connolly asks cheif investigator Luregn Schlapbach questions from the viewers during the livestream of the NITRIC trial results

Jun 28, 2022

Prof Mark Peters, from Great Ormond Street Hospital, delivers an editorial on the NITRIC trial, investigating nitric oxide during cardiac surgery for children with congenital cardiac disease. The chief investigator for the trial Assoc Prof Luregn Schlapbach replies.

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