To provide standardized approaches to the care of surgical critical care patients.
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) are meant to standardize and optimize care and decrease variability in practice. They are intended to be used as framework for the delivery of patient care in the surgical critical care units. CPG’s are a combination of evidence-based medicine and accepted practices in critical care medicine. CPG’s are intended to provide decision support for the management of the majority of patients, and are not proposed as directives, rules, or policies. They are not substitutes for clinical judgement. Deviations from the CPG’s are expected when deemed medically necessary; all exceptions should be documented in the medical record and require discussion between the Surgical Critical Care attending and the attending of the primary or consulting service.