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Table 1 Advantages and disadvantages of protocols

From: Protocols in the management of critical illness

Advantages Disadvantages
Reducing unnecessary variability in care Use in inappropriate patient
Quick adoption of new information to the bedside Loss of individualization of care
Streamlining of care Potential to be obsolete if not kept current
Educational aids May be designed around low quality evidence
Improved communication May be oversimplified
Cost containment  
Decrease errors and improve patient safety