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Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn1066
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective cohort study

Daily multidisciplinary team rounds associated with reduced 30-day mortality in medical intensive care unit patients

  1. Matthew D McHugh
  1. Correspondence to Matthew D McHugh
    University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Room 379 Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217, USA; mchughm{at}nursing.upenn.edu
  • Published Online First 20 April 2010

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Patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) require complex care and have a high risk of mortality and complications. Models of care that incorporate multidisciplinary care teams – teams including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and other critical care staff members – have been endorsed by professional organisations as a means of improving quality of care for patients in the ICU. Another intervention identified as improving outcomes in the ICU is the use of a physician intensivist-led model of care.1 There is, however, a critical shortage of intensivists. To address how these interventions affect outcomes independently and in combination, Kim and colleagues investigated how the use of a multidisciplinary …

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