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Waydhas, C.; Herting, E.; Kluge, S.; Markewitz, A.; Marx, G.; Muhl, E.; Nicolai, T.; Notz, K.; Parvu, V.; Quintel, M.; Rickels, E.; Schneider, D.; Steinmeyer-Bauer, K. R.; Sybrecht, G. and Welte, T. (2018): Intermediate care units Recommendations on facilities and structure. In: Medizinische Klinik-Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin, Vol. 113, No. 1: pp. 33-44

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A growing number of patients with increasingly complex or specialized diseases are being treated in hospitals worldwide. The treatment requirements of some of these patients are exceeding the capacity of standard nursing units. However, the severity of these diseases or the treatment requirements for these specific clinical pictures do not always justify admission to an intensive care unit. For this reason, an increasing number of special units (intermediate care units) are being set up to offer highly specialized treatment and close monitoring, in order to fulfil an intermediate role between the standard care unit and the intensive care unit. The recommendations of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) on the personnel, capacity, equipment and structure of these units are intended to provide the framework for the setting up and operation of intermediate care units in collaboration with experts on both an evidence-based and an expert-based basis (where scientific evidence is not available). Where only minimal or indirect evidence is available, patient safety is paramount in the formulation of the recommendation.

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