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Intensive Care

There is much confusion about who is in charge of a patient in an intensive care unit. (The responsibilities and problems of intensive care medicine are covered more fully in Chapter 33.) The most important concept in caring for a patient in an intensive care setting is that there must be one physician who is fully responsible for the care that the patient receives or does not receive. The patient, the patient's family, and all physicians and nurses involved in the care must know who the responsible physician is.

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