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Intensive Care Medicine involves the assessment, resuscitation and ongoing management of critically ill patients, usually those who have hypertension/hypotension instability, airway or respiratory difficulties, acute renal failure, cardiac arrhythmias or multiple organ failure. Some of the common tasks of an Intensivist include:

  • Examining patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from General Medical Practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertaking laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • Analysing test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • Prescribing and administering drugs, and remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • Recording medical information and data
  • Reporting  specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • May admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • May consult other medical specialists

To achieve accreditation as an Intensivist it is required to complete a medicine degree and one year internship before being accepted into the training program of the College of Intensive Care Medicine, which is completed over a six year period, comprising three years of basic training and three years of advanced training.