Essential and Expensive

February 2009
HealthLeaders Magazine;Feb2009, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p35
The article discusses strategies used by health care providers in handling their intensive care units (ICUs). According to Tom Rainey, president of the healthcare quality consultant firm CriticalMed Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, medical care has historically been episodic and that the evolution of the intensivist has brought a new level of reliability, proven better outcomes, and reduced cost and waste. The article notes that ICU teams must avoid the common pitfalls that accompany hierarchical collaboration.


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