Critical Care Services: Scope of Practice

  • Janice Zimmerman
  • Mukhtar Al-Saadi


Critical care services provide care, monitoring, and therapeutic interventions to patients with life-threatening conditions or injuries and complex multi-organ dysfunction in and beyond the intensive care unit (ICU) settings. The ICU is a complex organizational system. Improvement in performance and outcomes depends on the structure and processes of such systems. High-intensity staffing and closed ICU organizational models are associated with improved outcomes. A dedicated ICU physician-led multidisciplinary team that provides collaborative high-quality critical care, the use of evidence-based care and protocols, and multidisciplinary patient and family-centered ICU rounds are key elements for the provision of critical care to seriously ill patients.


ICU organization ICU staffing ICU specialist Intensivist ICU clinical rounds ICU multidisciplinary rounds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice Zimmerman
    • 1
  • Mukhtar Al-Saadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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