Critical care, also called intensive care, is the close monitoring and treatment given to patients with acute, life-threatening illness or injury such as shock, burns, accidents, complex surgery, sepsis and severe breathing problems. It usually takes place in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or trauma center.
Several plasma-derived therapies are commonly used in critical care situations:
Albumin is the most abundant protein in human blood plasma, making up more than half of total blood serum protein.
Albumin is a multifunctional protein that has a diversity of biological functions and effects. It is principally used to maintain blood volume in critically ill patients with low volume (hypovolemia).
Human albumin has been used as a therapeutic agent in intensive care units for more than 50 years.