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A Multidisciplinary Team Approach in the ICU
This paper looks at the multidisciplinary approach and how its implementation would benefit the intensive care unit (ICU).
# 105307 | 1,213 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 03, 2008 in Communication (Interpersonal) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper provides a literature review that shows how multidisciplinary teams comprising a full range of healthcare professionals have the ability to enhance patient care, reduce intensive care unit (ICU) stays, reduce critical incidents and even enhance collaboration to the point of synergy. The paper also discusses the practical factors that militate against universal implementation of the multidisciplinary model. The paper concludes, however, that with a shared focus on the common goal of patient care and some culture changes, it is clearly possible to develop a degree of interdependence and better patient outcomes utilizing multidisciplinary teams.

From the Paper:

"Wilson and Pirrie's (2000) article entitled "Multidisciplinary teamworking indicators of good practice" makes the general case for multidisciplinary teams. Wilson and Pirrie (2000) point out that the new emphasis is on "working together to deliver a co-ordinated, some would argue integrated, service to end-users" (p. 1). This, they argue, requires a strong association based on interdependence, and aimed at a shared purpose, such that the team achieves "something that's more than the sum of its parts ... a metaperspective" (p. 2). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Durbin, Charles G. Jr. (n.d.) Team model: Advocating for the optimal method of care delivery in the intensive care unit. Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Jain, M., L. Miller, D. Belt, D. King, and D.M. Berwick. (August, 2006). Decline in ICU adverse events, nosocomial infections and cost through a quality improvement initiative focusing on teamwork and culture change. Quality & Safety in Health Care, 15(4), 235-239.
  • Kerfoot, Karlene M., Kathryn Rampala, Patricia Ebright and Suzanne M. Rogers. (2006). The power of collaboration with patient safety programs. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 36(12), 582-588.
  • Powell, Stephen M. (May/June, 2006). Creating a systems approach to patient safety through better teamwork. Biomedical instrumentation & technology.
  • Reader, T.W., R. Flin, K. Mearns and B.H. Cuthbertson. (2007). Interdisciplinary communication in the intensive care unit. British Journal of Anesthesia, 98(3), 347-52.

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APA Format

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach in the ICU (2008, July 03) Retrieved May 30, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/a-multidisciplinary-team-approach-in-the-icu-105307/

MLA Format

"A Multidisciplinary Team Approach in the ICU" 03 July 2008. Web. 30 May. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/a-multidisciplinary-team-approach-in-the-icu-105307/>