ICU Resource Allocation in the New Millennium

Will We Say "No"?

  • David W. Crippen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Contrasts in Global Health Care Resource Allocation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ian M. Seppelt
      Pages 3-10
    3. Frederico Bruzzi de Carvalho, Álvaro Réa Neto, Rodrigo Ferreira Simões, Monica Viegas Andrade
      Pages 11-16
    4. Christopher James Doig
      Pages 17-24
    5. Thomas Kerz
      Pages 25-31
    6. Farhad Kapadia, Atul P. Kulkarni, J. V. Divatia
      Pages 33-38
    7. Eran Segal
      Pages 39-45
    8. Marco Luchetti, Giuseppe A. Marraro
      Pages 47-57
    9. Frank H. Bosch
      Pages 59-64
    10. Stephen Streat
      Pages 65-73
    11. R. Eric Hodgson, Timothy C. Hardcastle
      Pages 75-87
    12. Anna M. Batchelor
      Pages 89-96
    13. Ian M. Seppelt
      Pages 107-112
    14. Rubens Costa-Filho
      Pages 113-121
    15. Randy S. Wax
      Pages 123-129
    16. Thomas Kerz
      Pages 131-138
    17. Farhad Kapadia, J. V. Divatia
      Pages 139-143
    18. Marco Luchetti, Giuseppe A. Marraro
      Pages 145-155
    19. Frank H. Bosch
      Pages 157-159
    20. Stephen Streat
      Pages 161-167
    21. Ross Hofmeyr
      Pages 169-176
    22. Andrew Thorniley
      Pages 177-183
    23. Timothy G. Buchman, Donald W. Chalfin
      Pages 197-208
    24. Leslie P. Scheunemann, Douglas B. White
      Pages 209-215
    25. Lynn Barkley Burnett
      Pages 217-226
    26. Charles L. Sprung
      Pages 227-234
  3. The Fair and Equitable Health Care Act

  4. Legal and Nursing Viewpoints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Gilbert Ross
      Pages 287-291
    3. Melanie S. Smith
      Pages 293-295
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Michael A. Kuiper, Steven M. Hollenberg
      Pages 299-313
    3. Derek C. Angus
      Pages 315-322
    4. Brian Wowk
      Pages 323-333
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-351

About this book


Intensive care medicine is one of the fastest growing services provided by hospitals and perhaps one of the most expensive.  Yet in response to the global financial crisis of the last few years, healthcare funding is slowing or decreasing throughout the world. 


How we manage health care resources in the intensive care unit (ICU) now and in a future that promises only greater cost constraints is the subject of this book, the third in an informal series of volumes providing a global perspective on difficult issues arising in the ICU. 


Leading healthcare experts, including critical care physicians, critical care nurses, ethicists, and attorneys, provide snapshots of current ICU resource allocation in 12 developed countries on which other experts then draw to analyze resource allocation and consumer demand at the level of the global medical village.  The process is repeated with an eye toward the future that takes into account initiatives and reforms now underway.


A fictional healthcare plan, the “Fair & Equitable Healthcare Plan,” is put forth to address weaknesses in existing approaches, and healthcare experts and ethicists are invited to respond to its often provocative provisions.  Structured as a dialogue, the book is a great starting point for serious discussion about the looming issue of ICU healthcare resource allocation.




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Editors and affiliations

  • David W. Crippen
    • 1
  1. 1.and Neurological Surgery, University of PittsburghDepartments of Critical Care MedicinePittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3865-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3866-3
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