In the intensive care unit (ICU), you learn how to care for the sickest patients in the hospital. In critical care, every second counts. The goal of this guide is to help you understand the studies that support clinical decisions for critically ill patients and introduce the important concepts that you will encounter daily in the ICU.
The topics in this guide are organized as follows:
Other topics related to critical care are covered in the following rotation guides:
Procedures are an integral part of any critical care rotation. Therefore, we include procedure videos and images below the resources for each topic in this rotation guide.
If you are interested in a career in critical care, see Next Steps for information about professional societies, meetings, and additional resources.
For a brief history of critical care, click here.
Rotation Prep was developed by a collaborative team of experts, educators, fellows, and residents including Andrea Merrill, MD (NEJM Fellow); Rebecca Berger, MD (NEJM Fellow); Alex Djuricich, MD (NEJM Education Editor); Daniela Lamas, MD; Paul Dieffenbach, MD; Raolat Abdulai, MD; and Joe Rencic, MD. The content was reviewed by Jeffrey Drazen, MD.
Last updated: February 2017