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ED intensivists and ED intensive care units

Published:February 04, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2012.10.015
      In recent years, a group of emergency physicians (EPs) have chosen to pursue fellowship training in critical care. With this training, an EP can practice in inpatient critical care units. However, another role is open to these practitioners as well: the role of the emergency department (ED) intensivist (EDI) [
      • Mayglothling J.A.
      • Gunnerson K.J.
      • Huang D.T.
      Current practice, demographics, and trends of critical care trained emergency physicians in the United States.
      ]. Some EDs have formed units capable of providing aggressive critical care during the patient's ED stay. These ED intensive care units (EDICUs) allow critical care to be provided to the patient regardless of the availability of an intensive care unit (ICU) bed.
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