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Critical Care Medicine

Joseph E. Parrillo, MD
JAMA. 1986;256(15):2082-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380150092024.
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Accreditation in the field of critical care medicine has been a long-standing problem that, during the past year, moved toward a solution. The roots of modern critical care can be traced to the following. the postoperative recovery room where acute medical care was given by anesthesiologists to patients rendered critically ill by their illness and major surgery, the rhythm-monitoring and rhythm-treatment environment of the coronary care units, and the long-term ventilator use necessary to support the breathing of patients suffering respiratory failure during the poliomyelitis epidemics of the 1950s. Thus, subspecialists from multiple disciplines claimed to possess the appropriate expertise to care for critically ill patients.

The -Liu.he Society of Critical Care Medicine, founded 15 years ago by physicians from these specialties, recognizes the multicentric origin of this new and evolving discipline. The Society argued that combining these different disciplines would produce a positive influence that would result in varied


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