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Many doctors are afraid of intensive care units. To enter them is to enter a world of patients with severe multisystem illnesses who often cannot give a history. It is a world that speaks its own language of arcane acronyms ("SVR can be computed by dividing the MAP minus the CVP times 79.9 by the CO") and appears to emphasize diagnosis by machines rather than by history and physical examination. Non-intensive care specialists may feel inadequate to master the rapidly changing data, invasive technology, and potent therapies of critical care.
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Synopsis of Critical Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;101:152–153. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-152_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):152-153.
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