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Daniel Mihai Rusu MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
Average rating 2.38 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 800 Rose Road, Ironville, KY 41102
Adnan Naeem Habib MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
Address: 613 23rd Street, Ashland, KY 41101
Dr. Jeffrey Thomas Jenkins M.D.
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology, Adult Critical Care
Address: Ashland, KY 41101
Dr. Traci Annette Sanchez-Vanhoose M.D.
Specializes in Adult Critical Care
Address: 613 23rd Street, Ashland, KY 41101
Julian David Lopez-Garcia M.D.
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology, Adult Critical Care
Address: 613 23rd Street, Ashland, KY 41101
Leah McDowell RN
Specializes in Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
Address: 539 Eden Place, Ashland, KY 41101

What is Critical Care?

Critical care, or intensive care medicine, is the delivery of medical care to patients whose illness or injury is so seriously life threatening that they would likely die without intervention. It usually takes place in ICUs or trauma centers. It is referred to as critical care in North America, while it is called intensive care or intensive therapy in the rest of the world. Specialists in this field are sometimes referred to as intensivists.

Critical care may encompass a broad variety of medical specialties in the efforts to save a patient's life. Critical care specialists must have a good knowledge of anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other specialties. Besides their medical knowledge, intensivists must know a great deal about end-of-life issues, including ethics, advanced directives, and family counseling and bereavement.

Critical care is a relatively modern specialty, which developed along with ICUs beginning in the 1950's. It looks different from regular medicine, and it can be recognized by the presence of more nurses, more monitoring, more invasive monitors and procedures, and the presence of life-sustaining therapies such as mechanical ventilators and vasopressors.

Specialists in critical care frequently have to make urgent and complex decisions. They use their knowledge and skill to provide intensive care to the most fragile patients and do their best to save lives.
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