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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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If being rescued, always reach for the red can, not the lifeguard.
aircrew rescued the crew from the tug Seawind after its barge collided with it in heavy seas as the tug headed for the entrance to a river.
Lil' Joe was rescued as an orphan on July 30, 1989 from the Halifax River in Volusia County, near Daytona Beach, Florida.
The HSUS and other groups have rescued nearly 4,000 animals from Louisiana and Mississippi, with 200 reunited with their owners.
Because of rough terrain, the victim could be rescued only by helicopter.
We do our best to rescue animals, but if there were people to be rescued, the dogs would have had to wait.
while deployed on board USCG cutter Northland, rescued eight fishermen lost in the Caribbean Sea.
The dogs, rescued from a woman who this past week was convicted of animal cruelty, have been placed in settings as diverse as a Buddhist temple in Arizona and in homes as far away as Utah, although dozens remain in animal rescue centers.
The following morning, the Australian Maritime RCC informed ORBCOMM that the Froensdals had been rescued and were en route via ship to the Australian mainland.
2) A mock victim is rescued during the quake simulation drill held Thursday behind a Valley fire station.
Of those, 34 have been rescued and 4 deaths have been confirmed.
BURBANK - The founder of a Burbank-based Chihuahua rescue group is leading the campaign to save 174 of the miniature pet dogs that were rescued by authorities from an Acton home last year.