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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.
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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]
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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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Over the past week, rescuers have reportedly saved eight people from drowning in rivers and ponds of the province.
The Observer of June, 1969, said: `Three times the rescuers tried to pull him free with a lifeline and three times the agonising screams ofTom forced them to stop.
The law minister, along with DG Rescue Punjab, distributed performance awards of Best FDR, Rescue drivers and overall best among the rescuers of the passed out batch.
CLOSE CALL Exhausted Amanda borrows her rescuer's phone
He said in all 62 tehsils, as many as 1,740 posts of rescuers were required.
'Lahat ng mabibigat na debris, itatali 'yan, para 'yung mga maliliit na bagay wala nang epekto sa rescuers kapag bumaba,' he added.
The rescuers had first verified with the survivor if he could still walk.
Rescue 1122 DG Rizwan Naseer congratulated the graduating rescuers and their families on completing their training.
Rescuers contacted a man surnamed Lee, who went on the powered-paragliding trip with Wu, reports said.
Emergency Minister Nurbolot Mirzahmedov said the Ministry is providing training for rescuers.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today congratulated the rescuers made up of international divers and Thai authorities for their daring and remarkable rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang Cave complex in Chiang Rai, Thailand, yesterday.