Do you love them or hate them? Do you think they are doing a better job than general practiotioners, when it comes to a hospitalized patient?
I happened to love our hospitalists and I feel that in most cases the care of the hospitalized patient is better and more consistent when it's managed by a hospitalist, than by a general practice doctor. (Of course, there are excepions.)
I know that the big argument against hospitalists is that they don't know the patient as well as their regular doctor, that has been seeing them for years, but I have observed, that oftentimes the general practice docs are kind of lost once their patient ends up in a hospital. Many times, when taking an order over the phone, did I have to suggest ever so gently and cautiously: "Doctor, would you like to order some Potassium, since you're ordering 1oo mg of Lasix IV for your patient, NS @ 120/hour and his K level is allready borderline...?" This never seems to happen with hospitalists. After all they do this hunderds of times a day...
Please share your knowlege, experiences and opinions...
I think hospitalist and intensevist are great. Much easier to reach and quicker to respond than GPs.
Last edit by hollyster on May 2, '05
Wow, I think my hosp is progressive for once. We are a 250 bed hosp. (I guess you couldn't call it rural, but let's say small town) and we have seven hospitalists and three intensivists/pulmonologists... I have to say though, that the intensivist are by far not as nice to us med-surg nurses as the hospitalists. I guess they are too bussy saving lives in the ICU all the time, to remember to be nice, when someone from med-surg needs them once in a while... Our hospitalists though are the most atentive, warm, patient and kind doctors that I have ever experienced. Oftentimes I think o my self that it's actually a shame, that they don't have a practice, because my family and I would DEFINITELY be their faithfull patients...
Last edit by estrogen on May 2, '05