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Table 2 Examples of best practices for coordinating care within the ICU

From: Twenty-four hour presence of physicians in the ICU

Specific guidelines and protocols for medical and nursing care
Physicians with expertise in selected procedures, e.g. intubation,
   invasive monitoring
Updated protocols for limiting life-supporting therapy
Physicians' rounds made early, facilitating communication and planning
Orientation, written guidelines, close supervision for residents
Rounds and conferences with pharmacist, dietician, radiologist
Emphasis on decentralised services (satellite pharmacy, laboratory,
   radiograph viewing) in or close to the ICU
  1. Shortened and adapted from Zimmerman et al [11].