Open Critical Care Grand Rounds Collective

Who Benefits from ICU Care?

Speaker: Tom Valley, MD, MSc

Summary: Who is admitted to the ICU, who can benefit most from ICU level care, and how to improve ICU admission practices.

Video Editor: Kyle Swartz, DO

Key points

  • Data shows no consensus amongst intensivists on who should get admitted to the ICU.

  • A large group of patients exist whose needs are in between general medicine floor care and ICU level care. Data suggests decreased mortality if these patients are admitted to the ICU.

  • Observation of 4 different hospitals showed practice variation regarding who triages, delays and barriers, and flexibility of intermediate versus ICU care.


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