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"Critical Care Resuscitation Unit"

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To meet the needs of critically ill patients with time-sensitive needs, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) created the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU), a six-bed, short-stay ICU designed to accelerate care to resource-heavy patients who require immediate evaluation and treatment. The CCRU is modeled after UMMC's trauma resuscitation unit, but with resources and staff geared toward non-trauma, critically ill patients, many of whom require life-saving care. The unit is largely staffed by emergency providers who have undergone additional training in critical care...
July 2016: ED Management: the Monthly Update on Emergency Department Management
Thomas M Scalea, Lewis Rubinson, Quincy Tran, Kevin M Jones, Jeffrey H Rea, Deborah M Stein, Stephen T Bartlett, James V O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Time-sensitive, critical surgical illnesses require care at specialized centers. Trauma systems facilitate patient transport to designated trauma centers, but formal systems for nontraumatic critical illness do not exist. We created the critical care resuscitation unit to expedite transfers of adult critically ill patients with time-sensitive conditions to a quaternary academic medical center, hypothesizing that this would decrease time to transfer, increase transfer volume, and improve outcomes...
April 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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