More than anything else, the key to understanding how to do better lies in understanding what we are doing now. I applaud the efforts of AMIB in developing and expanding the Brazilian ICU Registry – It is a model for the world!”
Brazilian intensivists have understood that collecting data on ICU stays is the necessary first step on the way to improving the quality of intensive care. The national society of intensive care (AMIB) and an experienced software designer (Epimed) joined to launch a non-profit data collection project that now already gathers 500 ICUs. Other ICUs are encouraged to adhere. An example to follow for many other countries.”
AMIB and Epimed Solutions recently teamed up to create a national Intensive Care registry, called ‘UTIs Brasileiras’, a great initiative.
Existing Intensive Care registries, like ‘FICC’ in Finland, ‘NIR’ and ‘SIR’ in Norway and Sweden, ‘DID’ in Denmark, ‘ICNARC’ and ‘SICSAG’ in England and Scotland, and ‘NICE’ in the Netherlands, to name a view, all having in common that they are confined to a certain geographic area, usually a country, cover at least 75% of the Intensive Care units within each area, and have regular output regarding admissions and outcomes. As such, these registries have been very successful in sharing important data with various stakeholders.
Remember that the power is in the numbers: authorities and professional bodies, public and patient organizations, and press can be informed on a regular basis. Furthermore, it helps researchers generating new hypotheses, designing new trials, and so on. No doubt ‘UTIs Brasileiras’ will go the same way.”
I wish to convey my utmost praise and congratulations to the organizers of this project.
The staff of any intensive care units should have continuously updated medical knowledge, be familiar with guidelines, and have good communication skills in order to provide patients with the best care available at the time and families with the required empathy.
To participate in this network sharing the same objectives, will allow collecting data to grasp the differences between ICUs, facilitating the dissemination of new studies, and performing clinical research especially on health service organization and communication.”
In every country, there is opportunity to improve the quality of care delivered to the critically ill patient. The use of a national benchmarking system is a way of not only looking to your own ICU, but also to learn from the others. It is a matter of evaluation, introspection, and trying to do better.”