Intensive care specialists provide life support or organ support systems to patients who are critically ill and require intensive monitoring. Patients requiring intensive care are usually those who have hypertension/hypotension instability, airway or respiratory difficulties, acute renal failure, cardiac arrhythmias or multiple organ failure. Some patients enter intensive care for monitoring after major surgery.
- The intensive care specialist is also an expert in end of life care, the diagnosis of brain death, and care and support of the organ donor.
- Intensive care specialists are also frequently involved in the management of deteriorating and seriously ill patients outside the intensive care unit as well as the transport and retrieval of critically ill patients.
- To facilitate his or her practice the intensive care specialist has advanced communication skills that enable appropriate and effective interaction with patients, families, other team members and referring clinicians, and that enable collaborative, multidisciplinary practice.
- The intensive care specialist continues to learn throughout professional life and acknowledges that involvement in teaching, research, quality improvement and administration are integral to the role.
- Education: Post graduate degree in ICU like American Board/CCST/MS/MD.
- Experience: Minimum 3 years experience post ICU qualification.
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