intensive care


Definition of intensive care

1 : continuous monitoring and treatment of seriously ill patients using special medical equipment and services
2 : a unit in a hospital providing intensive care heart patients in intensive care

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Examples of intensive care in a Sentence

Her condition will require intensive care.

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She was taken to the ER and eventually the intensive care unit with a blood pressure of 60/40. Korin Miller, SELF, "Bethenny Frankel’s Allergic Reaction Was So Severe She 'Thought She Had a Stroke'," 18 Dec. 2018 But now, Timiyah is in intensive care at a children’s hospital with nearly half her body covered in severe burns. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Internet ‘fire challenge’ leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned," 21 Aug. 2018 AniCura offers preventive and basic health care but also advanced diagnostics, internal medicine, intensive care, surgery and orthopedics. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Mars Expands Pet-Care Business With Purchase of Veterinary Firm AniCura," 11 June 2018 But the pair survived thanks to a combination of factors -- a quick arrival in intensive care, heavy sedation to limit any brain damage and the expertise of those at the nearby Porton Down laboratory, according to hospital staff. Angela Dewan, CNN, "UK doctors concerned about Skripals' long-term health after poisoning," 29 May 2018 Each nurse will also now care for two patients instead of three in the unit, which handles babies in intensive care. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Nurse suspended after 5 infants suffer fractures, bruises: report," 9 Mar. 2018 America’s opioid epidemic is hitting kids harder than ever, putting thousands into intensive care, a new study finds. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Opioids put more kids than ever into the hospital," 5 Mar. 2018 The network will connect patients and providers to deliver telemedicine programs from low-acuity ailments to electronic intensive care units, telestroke care, rare genetic diseases, transplant care and pediatric specialties. Anna Beahm,, "Sen. Doug Jones announces $1.1 million in distance learning and telemedicine grants for Alabama," 19 Jan. 2018 Bella Lucy for Vox My daughter Xiomara spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Elena Hung, Vox, "I took my 3-year-old to Congress to fight for health care. I feel like we won the midterms.," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of intensive care

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intensive care

: a section of a hospital where special medical equipment and services are provided for patients who are seriously injured or ill also : the medical care provided in such a section

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Kids Definition of intensive care

: constant observation and treatment of very ill patients in a special unit of a hospital

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Medical Definition of intensive care

: having special medical facilities, services, and monitoring devices to meet the needs of gravely ill patients an intensive care unit — compare acute care, chronic care

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intensive care noun
She required intensive care and survived without sequelae. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 4 July 1986 He spent several days in intensive care before recovering from the overdose. — Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2005

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