Hello ladies and gentlemen.
Welcome back to our Series
of Lectures on Anesthesiology. Today we're going
to make a change in direction and talk about Intensive
Care Medicine. What Intensive Care is?
The different types of Intensive Care.
The qualifications of intensivists, whether they be
nurses or doctors. And many of the conditions
that are treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
We'll also talk about special drugs
in the ICU and some special devices that are used
in the ICU. So, what is an intensive care unit? Well,
it's an specialized unit in the hospital
where the sickest patients are cared for.
The physicians and staff in the ICU have special training
to allow them to care for these very sick patients.
There are drugs that are only used
in the ICU and highly sophisticated
pieces of equipment which assist in providing care.
The majority of patients in the ICU will have
more than one critical illnesses and more
than one organ system, so it is extremely
common in the ICU for patients to have
multisystem organ disease. So,
how does anesthesia fit into all of this? Well,
the Operating Room is often seen as an ICU.
And anesthesiologists are often the primary
physician in the ICU. Particularly
in rural hospitals where there aren't
a lot of subspecialty physicians,
it's often the anesthesiologists who take on the care
of the most critically ill patients in the ICU.