What is Intensive Care really?

Is Intensive Care becoming an out-of-hours acute palliative care service? – Alex Psirides

It’s hard to die without passing through MET-calling criteria; if you try to do so on a hospital ward, chances are you’ll have an Intensivist next to you. By designing systems to detect patient deterioration, we’ve inadvertently invented acute palliative care. How did we move from resuscitators to out-of-hours death doulas so rapidly? Is death the future of Intensive Care Medicine?

The Podcast

Alex Psirides: Intensivist & optimistic dystopian. Emigrant son of an immigrant. Father of daughters. In his spare time, when not walking his dog or children, he builds websites & designs logos for Wellington ICU’s prodigious research department, as well as sending a few tweets via Twitter handle @psirides.

The Slides
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Oliver Flower, staff specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney | NeuroResus |

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