Resuscitation is a specialized service where the most serious patients are hospitalized. They benefit from constant monitoring of vital functions such as ventilation, oxygenation, blood pressure, cardiac and renal function. If necessary, assistance with these vital functions can be put in place to allow, if possible, patient survival.
Patients are admitted to intensive care if they have a vital function failure, for example during a serious infection. (septic shock), drug intoxication, polytrauma, coma, acute renal failure, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest or postoperative major surgery such as cardiac or digestive surgery.
In intensive care, the condition of the patients and the treatments used require specialized staff. The doctors are specialists in anesthesia-resuscitation or resuscitation and work in collaboration with other specialists.