Quote from Mymimi in the 'propofol infusion syndrome' thread
How do you like the intesivist in your hospital? We have discussed using them, but are not using them at this time.
Since the inception of my unit, we have had intensivists (currently looking for two or three more). In my opinion, they make my life a lot easier. Since they manage all the patient care (98% of the time), I don't have to try to figure out which doc to call about what problem or having too many 'fingers in the pie' and the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.
There are units in which it is an automatic consult to the unit's intensivists upon admission if admitted by another service. Our intensivits admit to the unit or are consulted by the admitting service (but not mandated).