Intermediate intensive units: definition, legislation and need in Italy

Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 1994 Dec;49(6):493-5.


This paper deals with the definition of intensive care medicine and the organization of different levels of care; intermediate and high level. The organization, facilities and personnel for intermediate care are discussed. The available public data on the organization of intensive medicine and modifications planned by the Legislator are considered. Finally, the usefulness of intermediate care and an estimate of the actual need, based on prospective multicentre ad hoc studies, are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Respiratory Care Units / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Respiratory Care Units / organization & administration*
  • Respiratory Care Units / supply & distribution