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What is Critical Care?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by WishUponAStar, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. Hello,

    I have seen residencies like pulmonology with dual board certifications... One in critical care...

    I think I know what critical care is... But it would be way awesome if someone discussed the type of things considered critical care.

    Would that be vent management? ICU? ACLS? Does "critical care" encompass trauma or emergency medicine?

    Anyway... Input is great.
  2. Winged Scapula

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    Apr 9, 2000
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    "Critical Care" is the care of critically ill persons, generally in a medical or surgical ICU. It does encompass ventilator management, multisystem organ failure, and most fellowships will also make sure trainees are well versed in critical care procedures (ie, central lines, thoracentesis, chest tubes, etc.)

    Many Critical Care fellows are Surgeons (esp. Trauma), Anesthesiologists or Pulmonologists by training.

    Hope this brief intro helps. On that note, I will move this thread to Rotations and Residencies.

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