The use of nonphysician providers in adult intensive care units

Hayley B. Gershengorn, Mary P. Johnson, Phillip Factor

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In the United States there are not currently enough critical care-trained practitioners to provide care to all critically ill patients. With calls for "high-intensity" staffing and 24-hour coverage of our intensive care units, the board-certified intensivists we do have are being stretched ever more thin. Nonphysician providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) are being used with increasing frequency in critical care settings to provide care to critically ill patients. In this review, we explore the impact of introducing nonphysician providers into the adult intensive care unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-605
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2012


  • Intensive care
  • Midlevel provider
  • Nonphysician provider
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physician assistant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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