critical care


Definition of critical care

1 : the monitoring and treatment of critically ill or injured patients : intensive care Critical care involves the use of life-sustaining, high-technology medicine catering to a patient population that extends to both extremes of age. In adult ICUs, the average age is increasing and is now commonly well over 60 years.— Simon Finfer and Jean-Louis Vincent
2 : a designated area of a hospital providing critical care : intensive care unit The death toll rose from six to at least 12, with scores of people needing hospital treatment and some in critical care.— Heather Brooke often hyphenated when used before another noun critical-care nursinga critical-care bed — see also critical care unit

First Known Use of critical care

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of critical care was in 1956

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“Critical care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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