Clinical review: critical care medicine in mainland China

Crit Care. 2010;14(1):206. doi: 10.1186/cc8222. Epub 2010 Feb 25.


Critical care medicine began in mainland China in the early 1980s. After almost 30 years of effort, it has been recognized as a specialty very recently. However, limited data suggest that critical care resources, especially ICU beds, are inadequate compared with those of developed countries. National critical care societies work together to set up good practice standards, and to improve academic levels with scientific meetings, education programs, and training courses. Critical care research in mainland China is beginning to evolve, with great potential for improvement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Critical Care*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Education, Medical
  • Education, Nursing
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Respiratory Therapy / education
  • Societies, Medical