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Critical Care

  • Larry Kravitz
  • Ken Grauer
  • R. Whitney CurryJr.

Abstract

Critical care medicine is a relatively young field, developing mostly in the 1960s,1,2 although board certification in critical care medicine was not available until 1980.1 Historically, intensive care units (ICUs) were developed to deal with specific tasks: rhythm monitoring in myocardial infarction, immediate postoperative care, airway management, and mechanical Ventilation.1,3 Based on positive results in very controlled situations,3 the concept of ICUs was expanded to provide much more extensive critical care to a much more diverse patient group. Benefits to broad groups of severely ill patients are equivocal.3

Keywords

Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Family Physician Cardiogenic Shock Systemic Vascular Resistance 
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  • Larry Kravitz
  • Ken Grauer
  • R. Whitney CurryJr.

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