Establishment of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Practice Provider Services.
The addition of advanced practice providers (APPs; nurse practitioners and physician assistants) to a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) team is a health care innovation that addresses medical provider shortages while allowing PCICUs to deliver high-quality, cost-effective patient care. APPs, through their consistent clinical presence, effective communication, and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration, provide a sustainable solution for the highly specialized needs of PCICU patients. In addition, APPs provide leadership, patient and staff education, facilitate implementation of evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives, and the performance of clinical research in the PCICU. This article reviews mechanisms for developing, implementing, and sustaining advance practice services in PCICUs.
World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg
Child; Coronary Care Units; Critical Care; Health Personnel; Humans; Intensive Care Units, Pediatric
cardiac intensive care unit; nurse practitioner; physician assistant; staffing
Gilliland, J., Donnellan, A., Justice, L., Moake, L., Mauney, J., Steadman, P., Drajpuch, D., Tucker, D., Storey, J., Roth, S. J., Koch, J., Checchia, P., Cooper, D. S., Staveski, S. L. Establishment of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Practice Provider Services. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 7, 72-80 (2016).