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, et al. Establishment of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Practice Provider Services. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016;7(1):72-80. doi:10.1177/2150135115611356