Intensive care medicine

Doctors working in intensive care medicine (ICM) manage critically ill patients with, at risk of, or recovering from potentially life-threatening failure of any of the body’s organ systems.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Doctors in hospital

Nature of the work

Doctors in this specialty (also called critical care medicine) are involved in all aspects of care of the critically ill. This includes providing organ system support and the investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of acute illness. It also includes systems management and patient safety, ethics, end-of-life care and the support of families.

You will treat various conditions including:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:


The CCT sub-specialty is:

Many intensivists have dual accreditation with one of the partner specialties: anaesthesia, acute internal medicine, emergency medicine, renal medicine or respiratory medicine.

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Other roles that may interest you

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