Intensive Care “Sans Frontières”

  • K. HillmanEmail author
  • J. Chen
  • J. Braithwaite
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM, volume 2014)


The specialty of intensive care has made remarkable progress in a relatively short time. Intensive care units (ICUs) now play a crucial role in acute hospitals, supporting patients who have life-threatening conditions, such as trauma and severe infections, as well as maintaining life after major surgery. Since the earliest admissions, there has been a subtle but compelling change in the nature of patients admitted to hospitals and ICUs who are now older with increasing number of co-morbidities and undergo more complex interventions with a higher incidence of complications. This chapter will discuss some of the implications of the changing hospital population.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Simpson Center for Health Services Research, SWS Clinical School and Liverpool Hospital, affiliated with the Australian Institute of Health InnovationUniversity of New South WalesLiverpoolAustralia
  2. 2.Center for Clinical Governance Research, Australian Institute of Health InnovationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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