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Relating to or marked by intensity; denoting a form of treatment by means of very large doses or of substances possessing great strength or activity.


Rel. to or marked by intensity.


of great force or intensity or concentration.

intensive care unit (ICU)
a hospital unit in which is concentrated special equipment and specially trained personnel for the care of seriously ill patients requiring immediate and continuous attention. Called also critical care unit (CCU).
intensive lambing
see shed lambing.
intensive livestock production
production on small acreage with a high stocking rate, e.g. on irrigated pasture, in feedlots, fattening barns, chicken battery houses, Singaporean animal flats, Californian drylots.
intensive husbandry systems
see intensive livestock production (above).
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The lambs in group A were kept under semi intensive management system (Concentrate + grazing); while lambs in group B were kept under intensive (Concentrate + green fodder) management system.
Patients having negative intensive care experiences identify their experiences as 'scary' and 'persecutory'.
Scores on the primary end point DSST (Digit Symbol Substitution Test), a measure of psychomotor speed that requires reasoning and working memory, declined in both the intensive and standard treatment groups.
Although the intensive therapy did lower the rate of nonfatal MI (1.
Specialists said 28 of the country's paediatric intensive care units were close to "not coping" with the epidemic.
70% of all Swedish intensive care units are open to all kinds of visitors, children included (Knuttson et al.
Cancelling operations such as hip replacements may not help because so many intensive care admissions are unplanned.
It supposes a minimum stay of five days in intensive care and a pandemic lasting 12 weeks.
RESULTS: It is evident that there are several problems experienced by nursing staff in the management of the intensive care unit such as overcrowding and business of the unit, staffing and equipment and supplies shortages.
Then there are the programs that fall in the middle--usually intensives with a more modern focus.
To paraphrase David Crippen (from a list published in the now defunct Intensive Care World in 1992), the difficulties with family decision making may be due to a lack of intellectual or emotional capacity, the doctor being blamed for the patient's condition, anecdotal tales of "miracle" cures, lack of financial incentive to withdraw treatment, "getting at" society from a one-down position, and conflict of interest (eg, inheritance).

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