Critical care medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening conditions. It is sometimes referred to as intensive care medicine. Critical care medicine is typically provided in an intensive care unit (ICU), where patients can be closely monitored and receive around-the-clock care from a team of specialists.
Treatment in the ICU can be very complex and may involve multiple organ systems. Common conditions that are treated in the ICU include:
Due to the nature of critical care medicine, it is often combined with other specialties such as emergency medicine, anesthesia, and surgery.