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The Intensivist


The intensivist is the primary care physician of the ICU. Critically ill patients often have multiple acute and chronic illnesses requiring the careful integration of information and recommendations from multiple consultants. In addition to acting as a physician, intensivists commonly are administrators of an ICU. In 1992, the Society of Critical Care Medicine1 published its guidelines for the definition of an intensivist and the intensivist’s role in an ICU (Table 1).

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