Critical care delivery in the intensive care unit: Defining clinical roles and the best practice model

  • Brilli R
  • Spevetz A
  • Branson R
 et al. 
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Abstract

Patients receiving medical care in intensive care units (ICUs) account for nearly 30% of acute care hospital costs, yet these patients occupy only 10% of inpa- tient beds (1, 2). In 1984, the Office of Technology Assessment concluded that 80% of hospitals in the United States had ICUs, 20% of hospital budgets were ex- pended on the care of intensive care pa- tients, and approximately 1% of the gross national product was expended for inten- sive care services (3). With the aging of the U.S. population, greater demand for critical care services will occur

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Authors

  • R. J. Brilli

  • A. Spevetz

  • R. D. Branson

  • G. M. Campbell

  • H. Cohen

  • J. F. Dasta

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