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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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Gold Coast firefighters are better-equipped to respond to challenging technical rescue emergencies following the opening of a new training facility at Nerang Fire and Rescue Station this morning.
8220;Despite the best efforts of Lab Rescue and other rescue groups, many adoptable dogs are euthanized,” said Lab Rescue President Sterrie Weaver of Yorktown, Va.
The total cost was pounds 813,485 - the highest figure for all services in the UK who responded to a Freedom of Information request for rescue numbers and costs.
They shared lifesaving flood rescue skills while exercising in fast flowing water.
Nine Baywatch rescue boats, employed by the world's largest and most highly trained lifeguard service, ply 72 miles of California coast out to Catalina Island, rescuing swimmers, divers, fishermen, downed pilots and foundering vessels.
The toxin can cause seizures and disorientation in sea lions, making a rescue much more difficult.
Front and rear rescues for lifeguards, underwater object recoveries, canoe over canoe, righting capsized or turtled sailboats, boat driving, etc.
Since 1985, Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmers have saved more than 5,700 lives.
While television and movies make helicopter rescues appear effortless, in reality, they require significant training to achieve without harm to both rescuers and victims.
In many European countries, mountain climbers must purchase rescue insurance before receiving a climbing permit.
As more than 50 personnel in fire engines and helicopters were dispatched, Fire Engine Company 98 raced more than a mile from its Pacoima station to a spot firefighters have identified as a potential rescue point near Hadden Avenue and Del Sur Street, about 200 yards before the wash flows beneath Interstate 5's interchange with the Ronald Reagan Freeway, Humphrey said.
5-hour transit and deployed a rescue swimmer, who determined that there were no serious injuries among the survivors.