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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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Meanwhile, Pakistan Army, City District Government, Lahore, CDA Islamabad, Behria Town, Izhar Construction and other line agencies also joined this search and rescue operation of Rescue 1122 and virtually it became a joint venture.
I would like to thank all of the agencies involved in the rescue operation.
Hardwar's Sub Divisional Forest Officer Sant Ram said, " We had fixed a cage in front of the store room and were planning to conduct the rescue operation at night.
The father of the little girl has criticized the Civil Defense for its rescue operations, claiming that officials failed to bring in high-tech equipment.
The rescue operation attracted hundreds of spectators.
Our team, together with our partner Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, was tasked by Northumbria Police with the search and rescue operation referred to.
Its crew of 7 Polish sailors were airlifted off in a difficult rescue operation
The shipment was part of an international rescue operation called Operation Baghdad Pups, organised by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International.
A major rescue operation was launched after the accident at 5.
As for the widely criticized rescue operation, free-marketeers like to say that relief to the more unfortunate among us should be left to private effort.
NAVCENT coordinated a rescue effort with JTF-HOA, which tasked two Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters based in Djibouti, with Air Force rescue personnel aboard, to assist with the search and rescue operation.
According to reports on Oslo's P4 radio station, three children were returned to their mother from Lebanon after a rescue operation by a team of former soldiers--Britons, Israelis, Norwegians and others.