Tag: mechanical ventilation

NQF Measures

The assessment of the quality of care provided by medical practitioners is enhanced through the creation and implementation of performance measures. The National Quality Forum (NQF) has served as a major vehicle for the creation of performance measures. To date, in the discipline of critical care medicine, few performance measures have been implemented. This “measures […]

Anesthetic Use

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an Interpretive Guideline on Anesthetic Use for Hospital Procedures. This guideline restricts injection of intravenous sedatives for procedures (including emergency intubation) to “qualified” practitioners, a definition that does not include critical care and emergency medicine nurses. The Critical Care Society Collaborative (CCSC) was concerned about this wording, […]