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Emergency medicine Any activity that brings a victim of disaster or accident to safety. Cf Disaster Oncology Rescue therapy. See Leucovorin rescue, Marker rescue.


Cardiology A clinical trial–Randomized Evaluation of Salvage Angioplasty with Combined Utilization of Endpoints that compared the effects of rescue coronary angioplasty with conservative therapy of occluded infarct-related arteries. See Coronary angioplasty, Rescue adjunctive coronary angioplasty.


1. To save from harm, in a clinical or therapeutic sense.
2. Describing an analgesic prescribed for breakthrough pain (e.g., opioids for cancer therapy).
[M.E. rescouen]


1. To free a person from a hazardous situation such as entrapment in an automobile, trench, cave, or burning building, or from the site of a hazardous material spill.
2. To restore an organ to its normal function after an illness or a treatment that has damaged it.

abdominal rescue

Emergency cesarean delivery of a fetus jeopardized during labor or failed vaginal birth. Indications for surgical intervention include fetal distress associated with dystocia, arrested descent, abruptio placentae, or umbilical cord prolapse.

stem cell rescue

In patients being treated with high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the removal of stem cells (the precursors to red and white blood cells and platelets) from the patient's blood before treatment and their reinfusion after treatment. Granulocyte colony stimulating factor, erythropoietin, and other growth factors are administered to stimulate proliferation of the stem cells after reinfusion. Until adequate numbers of cells repopulate the patient's marrow and bloodstream, the patient is at high risk for infection and bleeding.

Stem cell rescue is used in patients with solid tumors not involving bone marrow who require treatments that would destroy the blood-forming (hematopoietic) cells. The process is immunologically advantageous because the cells infused are the patient's own cells, and thus do not have foreign antigens.

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Simple vehicles parades in full gear and banners transformed into a large holiday, where firemen and rescuers organize interactive areas for the visitors to hold quizzes, relay races and competitions.
Speaking on the occasion, Rescue 1122 DG Dr Rizwan Naseer congratulated the rescuers on completion of their professional emergency management training and appreciated Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for expansion of the service to all districts and tehsils of the province.
The efforts of the rescuers were slowed down comparatively as the concrete ceiling above the opening through which they were trying to reach Sofia was held up by makeshift wooden props.
He said that over 1,600 rescuers had already been trained for other provinces from the National Centre of Excellence.
A military officer said the Maute gunmen started firing their guns shortly after the original ceasefire ended - which the military tried to extend by two hours to allow rescuers more room to do their job.
Rescuers from OVMRT and RAF Valley, and a coastguard helicopter, struggled in thick cloud and soft snow to find the pair.
An emergency unit from Mexico joined Guatemalan rescuers on Sunday.
8 more rescuers left for the scene of the accident.
He added that 12 rescuers were deployed around the property at pool designated for children.
About 300 rescuers are involved in the search, but "all the search and rescue teams in the world are not enough," Inslee added.
Beijing, May 11 (Xinhua-ANI): Rescuers on Friday evening worked miracles when they pulled alive a woman garment worker named Reshmi from piles of rubble of the collapsed eight-story building 17 days after the country's worst industrial disaster at Savar on the outskirts of capital Dhaka.
A nearby hiker alerted the Mountain Rescue Service, and later one of the injured also managed to call rescuers to specify his location.