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Improving the ICU: part 2.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chest
Publication Date
Volume
127
Issue
6
Pages
2165–2179
Identifiers
PMID: 15947334
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

ICUs are a vital but troubled component of modern health-care systems. Improving ICU performance requires that we shift from a paradigm that concentrates on individual performance, to a systems-oriented approach that emphasizes the need to assess and improve the ICU systems and processes that hinder the ability of individuals to perform their jobs well. This second part of a two-part treatise establishes a practical framework for performance improvement and examines specific strategies to improve ICU performance, including the use of information systems.

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