ICU staffing medical

Intensive care has evolved from the early success in simple mechanical ventilation of the lungs of polio victims to the present day where patients admitted to intensive care will usually have failure or dysfunction of one or more organ systems requiring mechanical support and monitoring. The intensive care unit should have dedicated consultant sessions with additional allocation for management, teaching and audit activities. These sessions should be divided between several intensive care specialists. In addition, the intensive care specialist should be supported by junior doctors in training who can provide 24h per day cover on a rota which provides adequate rest.

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