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Practice of Critical Care in South Korea Gee Young Suh, MD Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Samsung Medical Center SungKyunKwan University School of Medicine Seoul, Korea
Types of ICU Open vs closed –Many hospitals employ open system –Some hospitals employ closed system in selected ICU’s
Training of ICU Physicians No formal training in critical care medicine Chief of ICU –Surgical or multidisciplinary ICU: many anesthesiologist, surgeons –Medical ICU: pulmonologist, cardiologist –Coronary care unit: cardiologist
Formal Training Just few hours of clinical clerkship for medical students at most universities Residents –No formal guideline for training residents in critical care –In 2001, working group to form a formal guideline was established by Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine Fellows –No formal guideline –Different levels of training in different hospitals
Key Clinical Decision Makers Intensivist –Ventilator and hemodynamic decision making –Admission and discharge decisions Attending physician –Family counseling –Treatment of specific diseases Fellow/House residents –Day-to-day care of patients
Problems Hindering Development of Critical Care in Korea Low cost of critical care –Most hospitals: private –Medical costs: set and controlled by the government –Administrators see ICU’s as money-losing department Few true intensivists –Even active interested doctors cannot devote full time to the ICU No formal training or guideline in critical care
Pressing Educational Needs More physicians devoted to critical care medicine are needed –Teach physicians and administrators why intensivist-directed ICU’s are important and necessary –Educate physicians interested in critical care medicine the basic skills necessary to become intensivists
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