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Intensive care referral 

Intensive care referral
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Intensive care referral
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10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0048
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date: 21 October 2019

Intensive care medicine 294

Mechanical ventilation 295

Intensive care medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with acute organ failure requiring invasive supportive therapies. It involves patient care in many settings, and the more general term ‘critical care’ is often preferred. Very often several organs are failing at the same time. Drugs and mechanical support are now available for multiple organ systems, the oldest of which is mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure....

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