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Preface

Critical care has always been a multi-disciplinary specialty. The multidisciplinary nature is practiced two ways: (a) critical care integrates knowledge and practices from many medical
specialties (trauma, transplant medicine, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, anesthesiology and pain medicine, and many others); and (b) it requires the close collaboration of medical professionals from many specialties (nurses, physico-therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, physicians, etc.). For that, critical care professionals are required to be masters of communication, team building, and management.
Since its inception in the polio era (1950s), critical care has grown beyond adolescence and
now is considered to be an evidence-based specialty. Dozens of high-quality clinical trials built a solid scientific foundation for critical care, and allowed us to significantly improve both patient survival and quality of life following critical illness. Our mission was to highlight these for our readers.
As we reach for personalized (individualized) medicine to custom tailor our management for every one of our patients, provide care for the elderly in their 80s and 90s, treat diseases that were untreatable just years before, the knowledge has to be solid and the commitment firm that critical care professionals will always put their patients first. The challenges remaining are substantial and will require a well-trained, collaborative, patient-centered and cost-effective effort from all of us.
This book is intended to provide concise, evidence-based information for all critical care professionals, as well as for those who are having their first encounter with ICUs and critically ill patients. To accomplish our goals, we were joined by many leading critical care specialists. We are grateful for their contribution and for sharing their many years of experience.


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