Critical care (intensivists)

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Critical care doctors are also called intensivists.

USNS Comfort Provides Care for Critical Patients in Intensive Care Unit
USNS Comfort Provides Care for Critical Patients in Intensive Care Unit

What is critical care?[edit | edit source]

Critical care is the medical care for people who have life-threatening injuries and illnesses usually provided in an intensive care unit also called ICU.

Intensivist[edit | edit source]

An intensivist is a physician, usually pulmonologist with additional training in critical care medicine or other medical practitioner who specializes in the care of critically ill patients, most often in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Critical care
Critical care

Training and education[edit | edit source]

Intensivists can be internists or internal medicine sub-specialists (most often pulmonologists), anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, pediatricians, neonatologists, or surgeons who have completed a fellowship in critical care medicine.

Multidisciplinary approach[edit | edit source]

Intensivists often involve many other specialists as part of the care provided to the patients. Intensivists coordinate, collaborate with other physicians, surgeons, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and other disease specific experts.

Clinicians in Intensive Care Unit
Clinicians in Intensive Care Unit

Who needs critical care?[edit | edit source]

Bougainville locals returned after receiving critical care on the Mercy
Bougainville locals returned after receiving critical care on the Mercy

Procedures performed by intensivists[edit | edit source]

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