Nonphysician providers are being increasingly used to care for trauma patients. As these complex patients recover, they require meticulous medical management and time-consuming psychosocial care. A retrospective evaluation of a unique patient care service staffed by nonphysician providers is presented. The Intermediate Care Service is designed to facilitate the management and long-term placement of trauma patients who no longer require intensive care while recovering from their injuries. The new diagnoses, physician order changes, and disposition of 93 patients cared for during a 6-month period are described. Most patients were admitted with neurologic injury. The most common new diagnosis was constipation; the most frequent new orders related to medications, including bowel management, and rehabilitation consultations. All patients were discharged from the hospital. The Intermediate Care Service represents a unique and valuable model for the collaborative management of complex trauma patients.

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