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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Lugano. Civico hospital (EOC Ospedale Regionale di Lugano - Civico). Intensive care medicine. The chief nurse at Civico Hospital, Giovanna Pezzolini (L), talks to Prof. Dr. Med Paolo Merlani (R). Prof. Dr. Med Paolo Merlani is the director of the intensive care units (ICUs) (Primario Medicina intensive, Diretore medico Dipartimento Area Critica ORL e Direttore  sanitorio ORL). Prof. Dr. Med Paolo Merlani has the same functions on a cantonal level. Intensive care medicine, also called critical care medicine, is a medical specialty that deals with seriously or critically ill patients who have, are at risk of, or are recovering from conditions that may be life-threatening. It includes providing life support, invasive monitoring techniques, resuscitation, and end-of-life care. Doctors in this specialty are often called intensive care physicians, critical care physicians or intensivists. Intensive care relies on multidisciplinary teams composed of many different health professionals. Such teams often include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists, among others. They usually work together in intensive care units (ICUs) within a hospital. 20.11.2020 © 2020 Didier Ruef