Risky business: Can the right tools help?

Risky business: Can the right tools help?

Joint Session with SEMICYUC

The ICU is a high risk environment where a lot of errors may occur due to complex decision making in time-constrained and critical situations. In this joint session, a number of suggestions on how to achieve optimal care in this setting are discussed. 

A PDMS is a mandatory tool

Not only is the ICU a stressful environment, it is also expensive (0.5 – 1% of GDP). In his presentation opening this session, Johan Decruyenaere argues that an ICU patient data management system (PDMS) is a essential tool to improve quality of care, to facilitate the complex ICU decision making and to make ICU medicine more cost-efficient.  

"Use of an ICU PDMS also results in large patient data collections which form the basis for research." 
Johan Decruyenaere

Decision support may be provided in the form of e-prescribing, dashboards, smart alerts and computerised guidelines. Use of an ICU PDMS also results in large patient data collections which form the basis for research. Big data analytics on large collections of ICU patient data from different centres will in the near future become a driving force in hypothesis generation and knowledge discovery. 

Do we need to innovate in critical care practice?

Innovation pulled by demand and translational research projects of excellence will constitute new opportunities for clinicians to improve care and provide economic incentives to be returned to the patient, institutions, and society. Critical care is among the first places in the hospital to incorporate new technologies, providing opportunities to collaborate with the health industry in developing new products designed through common knowledge and to share final outputs and benefits.

Is innovation necessary and inevitable?  In his presentation, Lluis Blanch makes the following points: 

  • Opportunities for innovation in critical care abound
  • Critical care is personalised, and the patient is the key element
  • Interdisciplinary work with other medical or non-medical disciplines can drive innovation
  • Knowledge resides in the clinical arena, so intensivists and their teams must be more than final users

Lluis Blanch is also featured in an icTV interview on this topic. View it here.

Don't miss this session, which includes three additional top presentations:

Optimal calorie delivery in the critically ill  - Sandra Peake (Adelaide, Australia)

The challenge of implementing a national infection prevention programme in the ICU - Mercedes Palomar (Barcelona, Spain)

Defining relevant clinical outcomes in paediatrics - Joe Brierley (London, United Kingdom)


29.09.2014, 14:15 – 15:45 - room Rome

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