The Evolving Model of Pediatric Critical Care Delivery in North America

Carley Riley, W. Bradley Poss, Derek S. Wheeler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The past 50 years have witnessed the emergence and evolution of the modern pediatric ICU and the specialty of pediatric critical care medicine. ICUs have become key in the delivery of health care services. The patient population within pediatric ICUs is diverse. An assortment of providers, including intensivists, trainees, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and hospitalists, perform a variety of roles. The evolution of critical care medicine also has seen the rise of critical care nursing and other critical care staff collaborating in multidisciplinary teams. Delivery of optimal critical care requires standardized, reliable, and evidence-based processes, such as bundles, checklists, and formalized communication processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-562
Number of pages18
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Critical care medicine
  • Critical care nursing
  • Multidisciplinary teams
  • Pediatric ICU

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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