“Studies reveal that at least one in ten patients who die in ICUs every day would survive if dedicated intensivists were present in the ICU and managing their care.” – The Leapfrog Group
Over the past several years, medicine has seen many changes in the way in which care is delivered to the sickest patients in hospitals. Critically ill patients often require frequent intervention, ventilator assistance, monitoring and management of cardiovascular status, and treatment of infectious disease processes. Critical care refers to treatment of patients with life-threatening conditions. There are more than 4.4 million ICU admissions annually in the U.S. with approximately 6,000 intensivists serving the need for delivery of critical care. There are many demographic factors that will drive an ongoing increase in the demand for critical care, including the 78 million Baby Boomers who started turning 65 in 2011. By 2030, it is estimated that one in five people will be 65 or older and consume more than half of all medical care.
Intensivists are physicians who are trained as specialists in critical care. The Leapfrog Group estimates that full intensivist staffing would save 162,000 lives each year and $3.4 billion annually in the U.S. PMA intensivists have a proven track record of improving clinical outcomes for patients and financial performance for hospitals in the Sacramento area through the practice of evidence based medicine, as well as working effectively in partnership with other physician groups and hospital leadership.
- In October of 2011, Health Grades designated each of the five Sacramento area hospitals where PMA was the ICU provider with a 5-star rating for critical care services. Four of these five hospitals have been designated as Top 100 hospitals in critical care medicine.
- At all four hospitals where PMA had intensivists agreements in 2011, Health Grades awarded 5 Stars for sepsis survival. Sepsis is a severe inflammatory reaction to an infection that claims around 215,000 lives each year. Sepsis contributes to more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, and AIDS.
When you or your loved one is in Intensive Care, you want a physician with training and experience in managing the most complex medical issues. The physicians of PMA have extensive experience as well as the most up to date knowledge and ability to care for these patients with the compassion that all patients deserve.