Apr 19, 2020 · In 1952, Copenhagen was hit by a polio epidemic that saw dozens of children admitted to hospital every day, many suffering polio-related paralysis that affected their breathing. This epidemic and the work of one physician led to the birth of the intensive care unit.
Apr 13, 2020 · In Copenhagen, the summer of 1952 had begun like any other. The city expected a polio outbreak – in a bad year, a few hundred would contract the disease – and officials were not surprised when, in late July, the first case presented at the Blegdamshospitalet, the city’s main treatment centre for communicable diseases.
Abstract Intensive care is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The concept arose from the devastating Copenhagen polio epidemic of 1952, which resulted in hundreds of victims experiencing respiratory and bulbar failure. Over 300 patients required artificial ventilation for several weeks.
Sep 27, 2007 · Founding father of intensive care and hero of the 1952 Copenhagen polio epidemic The specialty of intensive care started in Copenhagen in 1952, when Bjørn Ibsen got a relay of doctors to manually ventilate a dying 12-year-old patient with polio. Ibsen was working as a freelance anaesthetist as there were no staff posts. The son of a salesman, he had been educated at Øregård Gymnasium in ...