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Critical Care Medicine in Argentina. Argentina in Critical Care. Types of ICU Models. Public Institutions > 95 % Closed Units Private and Social Security Hospitals 60 % Open Units. Most of them tend to work as Closed Units. Training of ICU Physicians. Background training:

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Critical Care Medicinein Argentina


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Argentina in Critical Care


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Types of ICU Models

  • Public Institutions

    > 95 % Closed Units

  • Private and Social Security Hospitals

    60 % Open Units. Most of them tend to work as Closed Units


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Training of ICU Physicians

  • Background training:

    • Internal medicine. No less than two years of a certified residence program. (> 98 %)

    • Respiratory medicine

    • Surgery


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Formal Critical Care Training

  • After “First level” training

  • Three years Residence or two years Fellowship programs

    • Certified by the Argentine Society of Critical Care medicine

    • University of Buenos Aires

    • Provincial Boards of Medical Specialists

  • There is no formal critical care training for medical students


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Decision Makers in the ICU

  • Certified Units:

    • One or two daily rounds.

    • ICU director or associated ICU specialists

    • Chief Resident

    • Critical Care Fellow

  • Only 30 % of total ICUs


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Pressing Critical Care Educational Needs

  • Encourage Critical Care Units to accomplish Certification Guidelines

    • Critical Care Units managed by critical care specialists

  • Convince the Board of Faculties of Medicine to include Critical Care as a new separate chapter in formal training for medical students


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