Pt assignment/hrs of pt. care in ICU ??????

  1. We are looking to change the patient acuity system in our unit and I need some input.
    How do you calculate patient acuity in your ICU?

    How do you calculate the number of nurses required per shift? If it calls for lesser than the number of nurses scheduled, do you low census someone?

    How do you decide how many and which of the patients each nurse gets assigned? Does each patient have points or weights according to the severity of their condition?

    If you dont mind, can you share with me, what is the point/acuity system that you use in your ICU?
    Thanks
    Samaritan
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