Intensive care medicine is a branch of medicine—and an area of special focus in anesthesiology—that centers around bringing specialized care to critically ill patients. The intensive care unit (ICU) is the main area of work for intensivists (healthcare providers trained in intensive care) and is supplied with special medications and equipment reserved for critical patients.
In this course, the student will be given an overview of intensive care medicine, including the different types of intensivists, the ICU and its types, common conditions encountered and/or exacerbated in the ICU, and special medications and devices used in it.
For optimal understanding, the medical student should be familiar with the physiologies of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems (especially the mechanics of ventilation and lung volume), the basics of acid-base balance, the pathophysiology of pain, the basic concepts of pharmacology, and commonly used intravenous, local, and inhaled anesthetics.
This lecture was informative and engaging. The speaker did an excellent job of presenting the material in a clear and concise manner, making it easy to understand.
It serves as a good introduction to working in the intensive care unit.
The content of this lecture series in inadequate. I would have been helpful to be exposed to other aspects of ICU in great detail such mechanical ventilation and haemodynamic monitoring (basic non-invasive and invasive monitoring)