Like in most other developing nations, critical care medicine as a specialty has developed very slowly and only recently in South Asian countries. Before one embarks on the journey to understand critical care in any South Asian country, it is important to realize the huge ethnic, cultural, religious, and even economic diversity in these areas. Not only are these countries geo-politically very different, but it is interesting that the social culture, traditional beliefs, and economic priorities have left a strong impact on the overall standards of health care. It is thus not surprising that this has percolated even into the field of critical care medicine, which one looks upon as an area of priority in terms of saving lives. We thus see a great disparity in standards in all aspects of critical care.


Critical Care Academic Activity South Asian Country Critical Care Service Economic Priority 
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