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Effective team work
First, consider teamwork in the case of hospitalized patients. The relationship between the nurse and the physician is paramount. The physician orders necessary intervention, and the nurse or therapist is responsible for carrying it out. Physical therapists, speech therapists and respiratory therapists all perform patient care. And, it is crucial that all team members work together and communicate effectively. Any changes in the patients’ status, whether deterioration or improvement, should be shared between team members. In some of these acute events, attention from a practitioner is warranted. In many instances, however, the attending physician might be at an off-site practice. Therefore, many acute care settings have implemented hospitalists into practice.

Hospitalists are on site at the hospital at all times, they are competent in their practice, and they can be the direct liaison between the nurse and the attending physician. When attending physicians, hospitalists, andnurses work with effective communication, teamwork is epitomized. One specific incidence in which hospitalists have proved to be beneficial in the treatment plan is the use of the Hospitalist/Orthopedics team at the Mayo Clinic. This team involves communication between hospitalists and orthopedic surgeons, and it has demonstrated improved efficiency and quality of care for those patients undergoing total joint replacements (J. Huddleston, unpublished data, 2003). In this scenario, hospitalists are readily accessible for the patient, and they are the direct line of communication to the attending physician. This team involves communication between hospitalists and orthopedic surgeons, and it has demonstrated improved efficiency and quality of care for those patients undergoing total joint replacements (J. Huddleston, unpublished data, 2003). In this scenario, hospitalists are readily accessible for the patient, and they are the direct line of communication to the...
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