by Brian Warriner, MD, FRCPC

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.

Course Details

  • Videos 9
  • Duration 0:31 h
  • Quiz questions 23
  • Concept Pages 9


Your Educators of course The ICU

 Brian Warriner, MD, FRCPC

Brian Warriner, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Brian Warriner was the Head of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an active clinician and teacher in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
He obtained his MD from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1980. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s exam board in anesthesiology, and worked at Mulago Hospital and Makerere University in Uganda as a health system accreditor/surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Clinical Practitioner Award in 2019.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Warriner taught courses on Anesthesiology. He retired from clinical practice in 2016 and sadly passed away in 2019.

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Good Course
By Yudha F. on 10. March 2023 for Sedation in the ICU – Special Devices (ICU and Brain Death Determination)

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.

Good Intro
By Hilda G. on 07. March 2023 for The ICU

It serves as a good introduction to working in the intensive care unit.

By Osa G. on 02. December 2020 for The ICU

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)