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How does critical care medicine help those with life-threatening injuries?

David C. Fiore, MD
Family Medicine
Critical care medicine is the field of medicine that cares for patients with such serious illnesses that they are in an "intensive care unit".  This may be a medical condition such as a  heart attack, bad infection or kidney failure (to name just a few), or a surgical or trauma emergency.  Doctors, nurses and other health care workers in critical care medicine have extra training or experience to care for such serious and complicated cases.

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