Nov 8, 2018
What number of patients should an intensivist simultaneously care for to optimise outcomes?
Is a system with different day and night intensivists best for all?
These are two of the questions discussed during the latest episode of Mastering Intensive Care in which Hayley Gershengorn shares her research and personal thoughts about resourcing our Intensive Care Units.
There is no easy answer to matching supply and demand in our workforces, not least because it is very different between the different health professionals that work in the ICU. The current resources available and the average daily demands seem to be the key decision-making drivers in many institutions and we probably have a lot to learn from analysing big data in this area. Doctors could learn a lot from how nurses staff themselves, and likely vice versa.
It is also vital that we find ways to delicately balance the needs of clinician wellness and job satisfaction with the obvious requirement for optimal patient outcomes. Turning up the screws on our staff by working them more often, in longer stretches and with an increasing number and acuity of patients, will inevitably increase burnout rates and lead to suboptimal patient outcomes. The more we can talk about this, and study it, as Hayley is doing, the better.
Hayley is an Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia. Hayley’s research program focuses on the allocation of ICU resources and the impact such allocation has on the outcomes of critically ill patients. In particular, she is interested in understanding how (1) ICU staffing and (2) practices which may be tied to staffing, affect patient outcomes.
In addition to ICU resourcing Hayley talked about:
The Mastering Intensive Care podcast is aimed to inspire and empower intensive care clinicians to bring their best self to the intensive care unit through conversations with such thought-provoking guests as Hayley Gershengorn. I genuinely believe we can help each other to improve, as both professionals and as people, so as to give the absolute best possible care to our patients.
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Thanks for listening.
Show notes (people, organisations, resources and links mentioned in the episode):
Hayley Gershengorn profile: https://doctors.umiamihealth.org/provider/Hayley+Beth+Gershengorn/525503
Twitter handle for Hayley Gershengorn: @HBGMD
UK-based study conducted by Hayley and colleagues: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28118657
Episode 35 with Paul Wischmeyer: http://masteringintensivecare.libsyn.com/episode-35-paul-wischmeyer-never-underestimate-the-simple-things-we-do-to-our-patients
Mastering Intensive Care podcast: http://masteringintensivecare.libsyn.com
Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masteringintensivecare
Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast lane: https://lifeinthefastlane.com/litfl/mastering-intensive-care
New Normal Project podcast: http://newnormalproject.libsyn.com/
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