Let’s imagine you’re a practicing intensivist in the year 2050. You admit a 58-year-old patient to the cardiac intensive care unit who is status post-aortic valve replacement. Your admission orders look very different from what they might be today.

In her stimulating editorial “Visit to intensive care of 2050,” Dr. Sharon Einav, intensivist and critical care visionary, depicts a vision of critical care medicine just over 30 years from now. Computerized algorithms use patient data to provide clinicians with an individualized plan based on survivability. Genetic information is used to provide clinicians with optimal pharmacologic regimens of narcotics, antibiotics and immune-modulating medications. Organs are immediately available via specialized 3-D printers (based on existing technology that has achieved 3-D organ printing).

According to Dr. Einav, with an increasingly complex patient population, critical care medicine will officially be declared...

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