Respiratory Medicine

The Organization of Critical Care

An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Quality

Editors: Scales, Damon C, Rubenfeld, Gordon D. (Eds.)

  • Evidence-based and comprehensive survey of the organization and function of intensive care units
  • Suggests a range of improvements to consider in the physical layout and design of intensive care units
  • Includes techniques for integrating subspecialists’ knowledge for providing care to specific patient groups in the ICU
  • Discusses ethical issues related to providing critical care in regions with scarce resources
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The origin of modern intensive care units (ICUs) has frequently been attributed to the widespread provision of mechanical ventilation within dedicated hospital areas during the 1952 Copenhagen polio epidemic.  However, modern ICUs have developed to treat or monitor patients who have any severe, life-threatening disease or injury.  These patients receive specialized care and vital organ assistance such as mechanical ventilation, cardiovascular support, or hemodialysis.  ICU patients now typically occupy approximately 10% of inpatient acute care beds, yet the structure and organization of these ICUs can be quite different across hospitals.  In The Organization of Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Quality, leaders provide a concise, evidence-based review of ICU organizational factors that have been associated with improved patient (or other) outcomes.  The topics covered are grouped according to four broad domains: (1) the organization, structure, and staffing of an ICU; (2) organizational approaches to improving quality of care in an ICU; (3) integrating ICU care with other healthcare provided within the hospital and across the broader healthcare system; and (4) international perspectives on critical care delivery.  Each chapter summarizes a different aspect of ICU organization and targets individual clinicians and healthcare decision makers.  A long overdue contribution to the field, The Organization of Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Quality is an indispensable guide for all clinicians and health administrators concerned with achieving state-of-the-art outcomes for intensive care.

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“It presents the multidisciplinary development of the critical care model and a perspective on next steps in the evolution of critical care. Providers at any level are an appropriate audience for this work written by international experts from Western Europe and North America. … This book is important for anyone seeking to understand the process and personnel important to the intensive care unit.” (David J. Dries, Doody’s Book Reviews, September, 2014)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Organizational Change in Critical Care: The Next Magic Bullet?

    Rubenfeld, Gordon D. (et al.)

    Pages 3-8

  • Origins of the Critically Ill: The Impetus for Critical Care Medicine

    Rosengart, Matthew R. (et al.)

    Pages 9-24

  • Intensivist and Alternative Models of ICU Staffing

    Gershengorn, Hayley B. (et al.)

    Pages 25-40

  • Health Professionals in Critical Care

    Buchman, Timothy G.

    Pages 41-51

  • Computers in Intensive Care

    Lapinsky, Stephen E.

    Pages 53-69

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-0810-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Organization of Critical Care
Book Subtitle
An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Quality
Editors
  • Damon C Scales
  • Gordon D. Rubenfeld
Series Title
Respiratory Medicine
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Humana Press
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-0811-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-0811-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0810-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5163-5
Series ISSN
2197-7372
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 284
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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