Critical care medicine specialists (also called intensivists) are
medical doctors who specialize in the care of people who are in an intensive
care unit (ICU).
In some areas, when a person is very ill and has to spend time in
an ICU, he or she is cared for by a critical care medicine specialist. After
the person is transferred out of the ICU to a regular hospital unit, another
doctor or health professional assumes care.
Most critical care specialists are pulmonologists (specializing in
lung disease), cardiologists (specializing in heart disease), or neurologists (specializing in brain and nerve diseases). Critical care
specialists may also first specialize in another area of medicine (such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, or pediatrics) and then hold a subspecialist
certificate in critical care medicine.
Critical care medicine specialists can be board-certified through
one of the Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (such as the American Board of Internal Medicine).
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