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August 12, 1983

Critical Care Medicine

JAMA. 1983;250(6):798-804. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340060076034

A CONSENSUS Development Conference was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 7 through 9, 1983, to discuss issues related to the practice of critical care medicine (CCM).

The NIH Consensus Development Conferences bring together investigators in the biomedical sciences, practicing physicians and other health professionals, and representatives of the public to provide a scientific assessment of medical technologies and to develop a consensus statement on their safety and effectiveness.

On the first two days of the meeting, a Consensus Development Panel and members of the audience heard scientific presentations from a distinguished group of medical scientists. The panel then considered the following questions:

  1. Is there empirical evidence that intensive care units (ICUs) cause a decrease in patient morbidity or mortality? Which patients are most likely to benefit from intensive care?

  2. What skills are essential for personnel in a critical care unit? How should this