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Chest. 2005 Jun;127(6):2151-64.

Improving the ICU: part 1.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2500 MetroHealth Dr, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA. agarland@metrohealth.org

Abstract

ICUs are a vital component of modern health care. Improving ICU performance requires that we shift from a paradigm that concentrates on individual performance to a different paradigm that emphasizes the need to assess and improve ICU systems and processes. This is the first part of a two-part treatise. It discusses existing problems in ICU care, and the methods for defining and measuring ICU performance.

PMID:
15947333
DOI:
10.1378/chest.127.6.2151
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