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Critical Care Medicine 

Critical Care Medicine
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Critical Care Medicine
Author(s):

J. Christopher Farmer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948949.003.0014
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date: 14 December 2019

Critical care medicine is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that focuses on intensive, broad-based support of patients who have life-threatening illnesses or a high risk of critical illness. This chapter has four goals: explain how to identify and appropriately treat impending respiratory failure, explain the principles of mechanical ventilation, differentiate between types of shock, summarize important concepts in the treatment of sepsis, and describe an approach to a patient in the intensive care unit who has gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage.

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