- the use of specialized equipment and personnel for continuous monitoring and care of the critically ill.
Origin of intensive care
First recorded in 1960–65
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Two intensive-care nurses were due to be on holiday and canceled it.Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
- extensive and continuous care and treatment provided for an acutely ill patient, usually in a specially designated section (intensive care unit) of a hospital
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- Continuous and closely monitored health care that is provided to critically ill patients.
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