The use of nonphysician providers in adult intensive care units

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Mar 15;185(6):600-5. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201107-1261CP. Epub 2011 Dec 1.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / organization & administration*
  • Workforce