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During the past decades, intensivists have learned how to care for critically ill patients and enable many to survive illnesses that previously would have been fatal. For example, the mortality rates associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and with sepsis have both declined markedly during this interval.1 Improved short-term survival has resulted not only from better understanding of individual diseases but also (and perhaps more importantly) from optimizing intensive care unit (ICU) organization, standardizing best practices, and improving processes of care delivery.
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