Provision of care in critical care: A multifaceted gem of an issue

  • Rosalind Elliott
    Corresponding author.
    Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital and Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia
    Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia
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  • Amy Freeman-Sanderson
    Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Ultimo NSW 2007 Australia
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Newtown NSW 2042 Australia
    Critical Care Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, Newtown NSW 2042 Australia
    Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC), School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, St Kilda Rd, VIC 3004, Australia
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Published:September 23, 2022DOI:
      Critical illness annually impacts thousands of people across the life span.
      ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation
      ANZICS centre for outcome and resource evaluation 2020 report.
      Provision of quality care in the intensive care unit (ICU) is multifaceted, with patient care delivery provided by a team of multiple health professionals including medical, nursing, and allied health.
      • Ridley E.J.
      • Hodgson C.L.
      A collaborative research culture in the intensive care unit: a focus on allied health.
      Clinical management at the bedside is core, but this alone cannot support quality care. Workforce practices such as screening using decision matrices, prudent resource use, equipment evaluation, training, and application of different models of care are integral to practice and outcomes. The complex nature of managing a critically ill patient is equally reflected in the multifaceted nature of person-centred care that should surround each patient. Globally, there is an ongoing need for critical care practices to be developed, evaluated, and implemented. This issue of Australian Critical Care celebrates these different facets of care, with contributions from 15 author groups across diverse health professionals.
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