Intensive care medicine (ICM) is a new specialty arising from developments in medical treatment and technology aimed at treating acute organ failure. ICM involves prompt and careful patient assessment, resuscitation and on-going treatment, and close integration with many other specialties. The Intensive Care doctor’s job entails the ongoing management of organ support, the interpretation of the patient’s response to treatments and communication - mainly with the relatives of the critically ill patient. Most specialists in ICM (called intensivists) train first in another specialty and then attain higher specialist training in ICM before appointment to a Critical Care hospital team. College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Intensive Care Society of Ireland – collectively forming the ‘Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland’

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