critical care


: 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
: 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 nursing
a critical-care bed
see also critical care unit

Examples of critical care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, after six months in critical care, Tatiana received a heart transplant. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 30 June 2024 Get a hand from nonprofits Grants from health care foundations and associations that specialize in particular diseases can also be hugely helpful, as Janet Kerrigan, 68, a former critical care nurse from Myrtle Beach, S.C., has learned. Diane Harris, TIME, 27 June 2024 Amedy transferred out of the critical care unit and stood up briefly on Jan. 11. Jeff Seidel, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 To understand how to keep animals safe and comfortable, IndyStar spoke with Dr. Aimee Brooks, an emergency critical care specialist at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, for advice. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 19 June 2024 The technology marks a fundamental change in the way diseases are diagnosed, said Erica Sanford Kobayashi, a pediatric critical care doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California. Mark Johnson, Washington Post, 17 June 2024 In many hospitals and medical facilities today, a nonscientific assessment of fetal ‘viability’ is used to withhold critical care. John Oertle, National Review, 16 June 2024 Travis Melin, an anesthesiologist and critical care doctor from Portland, Oregon, was stationed at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital as part of the CADUS international disaster response team. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 15 June 2024 Austin was admitted to Walter Reed’s critical care unit for supportive care and close monitoring at around 2 p.m. Sunday. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 15 Jul. 2024.

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