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ICU Physician Staffing

Scientific evidence suggests that quality of care in hospital ICUs is strongly influenced by whether intensivists are providing care and the staff organization in the ICU. Mortality rates are significantly lower in hospitals with ICUs managed exclusively by board-certified intensivists. Research has shown that in ICUs where intensivists manage or co-manage all patients versus low intensity there is a 30% reduction in hospital mortality and a 40% reduction in ICU mortality.

For more information on Leapfrog’s ICU Physician Staffing requirements see our fact sheet.

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