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During 1980 critical care medicine will become this country's 25th officially recognized medical specialty. In 1981 approximately 250 anesthesiologists, internists, pediatricians, and surgeons will take the first certifying exam. The recognition of critical care as a specialty is a direct result of the rapid increase in intensive care units. In 1958 only 25% of U.S. hospitals with more than 300 beds had an intensive care unit (ICU). By 1976, all hospitals over 200 beds claimed one, as did 90% of all 100-bed hospitals. Each day there are approximately 20 000 patients in ICUs across the country.
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The Handbook of Critical Care Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;92:278–279. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-2-278_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(2_Part_1):278-279.
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