Telemedicine in critical care: an experiment in health care delivery. Abstract The study by Ogura et al. Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study. The patients with intermediate acuity also showed a trend toward a decreased ICU mortality One solution is to stratify the staffing requirements of ICUs on the basis of ICU size and patient acuity, similar to the method used to partition trauma centers [ 41 ]. One theory is that there is a higher severity of illness in patients admitted in the nighttime hours. In reviewing the literature, one finds the preponderance of evidence supports the involvement of an intensivist in the care of critically ill patients. Clinical characteristics of the groups were compared with the Student t test. In the USA, critical care is considered a subspecialty of several fields, including anesthesiology, surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, and emergency medicine. Crit Care Med.
The study by Ogura et al. investigated the association between the structures of intensive care units (ICUs) affecting patient outcomes.
It would also be worthwhile to analyze whether the existence and density of “certified intensivists” and their involvement contribute to the. Intensivists are physicians specially trained in the care of critically ill patients.
Currently, only about one third of critically ill patients benefit from the care of a dedicated intensivist. The origin of the intensive care unit (ICU) emerged from an appreciation that. The nationwide shortage of intensivists has prompted US hospitals to effectively develop and integrate alternative staffing models into their intensive care unit.
Mortality rate difference equals the intensivist mortality rate minus the hospitalist mortality rate. A national evaluation of the effect of trauma-center care on mortality.
Subsequently, the results of multiple retrospective cohort studies have demonstrated improvement in mortality, morbidity, and other markers of care improvement [ 78192122232425262728 ].
Considering the severe intensivist shortage, 1 strategy to provide effective and efficient coverage of the growing American ICU population may be to ask hospitalists to care independently for lower acuity ICU patientsespecially nonventilated patientswhile encouraging or requiring intensivist care for higher acuity patients, especially once mechanically ventilated.
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In addition, intensivists are often asked to oversee ICU bed management, design clinical care guidelines, and make decisions about the purchase and use of equipment. Of course, this assumes that the effectors have been adequately trained to evaluate and treat acute changes in critically ill patients.
Most of these studies were reviewed and included in a meta-analysis by Young et al. Current Issue. One significant limitation of this study may be the definition of a nighttime intensivist. By: Kristin R.
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Williams, MDMoges S. Data from 12 ICUs with nighttime intensivist staffing including 14, ICU admissions were compared with data from 37 ICUs without nighttime intensivist staffing including 51, admissions. The study should be admired for shedding light on how the structure of ICUs affect patient outcomes, which is scarcely investigated outside North America [ 234 ].
Evidence of improved outcomes with intensivist-driven care has spurred the design of units which allow the intensivist to assume responsibility for the patient and coordinate care. J Neurosurg. The intensivists staffing the telemedicine ICU service had full discretion in care and reviewed best practice adherence.