Intensive Care Med (2017) 43:1401–1402 DOI 10.1007/s00134-016-4556-4 EDITORIAL Intensive care medicine in 2050: the future of ICU treatments 1* 2,3 4 Jean‑Louis Vincent , Arthur S. Slutsky and Luciano Gattinoni © 2016 Springer‑ Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and ESICM It’s unlikely that any of the three of us will still be around, my thorax and probes on my feet, which the doctors use but we can imagine how our children would describe to continuously monitor my cardiovascular system, and their experience if they were admitted to the ICU in 2050. a video-laser system to assess changes in my microcircu- Here is what they might say: lation. There’s even a metabolic probe to assess periph - “The hospital is definitely smaller than in the past with eral cell oxygenation and viability of my major organs. lots of ICU beds, but very few other beds. And, it looks When I was in shock, my son told me the bed kept mov- more like a five-star hotel than a hospital, with nice shops ing to assess how much fluid I needed while my cardiac and restaurants in the lobby—it makes you forget you’re response was monitored by the probes. There was even a in hospital.
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