This Viewpoint argues for the importance of interdisciplinary care in surgery and medicine, and proposes ways to incentivize physicians to move beyond assertion of individual control of patient care.
Patel and coauthors determine the effect of meeting a standardized set of critical care end points, or donor management goals, on the number of organs transplanted per donor using expanded criteria donors. See the Invited Commentary by Salim.
Ingalls et al identify differences in mortality for soldiers undergoing early and rapid evacuation from the combat theater and evaluate the capabilities of the Critical Care Air Transport Team and Joint Theater Trauma Registry databases.
Tisherman et al discuss how intensivists from all specialties can provide optimal care for the critically ill surgical patient, particularly with continuing involvement by the surgeon of record. Recommendations are made for maintaining the intensivist model within acute care surgery practice. See the Invited Critique by Luchette.
This study evaluates a multimodal, multidisciplinary quality improvement project to reduce the number of central line–associated bloodstream infections in a dedicated burn-trauma intensive care unit.