NICS is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) registry and bed availability system that reduces the time to obtain a bed in an ICU and provides bed usage and vital information to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve critical patient care. The system gathers information of ICUs, patients, staff and available resources and the captured information enables benchmarking of ICUs. The factors considered are seriousness of illnesses of ICU patients (severity scoring), their outcomes and diagnoses. This benchmarking allows ICU outcomes to be expressed relative to other units and make comparisons to determine why some hospital units excel relative to others. The aim of this study is to reduce the complications and deaths occurring in ICUs.
It is a multidisciplinary national and international collaborative study led by the MoH, and includes national academic colleges, technical collaborations and academic institutions. The system has already facilitated locally led world class research and audit and stimulated ICU training programmes.
The ICU surveillance system incorporating the ICU registry and bed availability systems is a credible monitoring system that has spawned training programmes and other efforts to reduce the mortality rate of patients in ICUs. The benchmarking system is a springboard for improving care of patients in ICUs.
The Juror’s voted it a winner as such a locally developed system based on low cost, sustainable and locally integrated model is unique for a lower-middle income country like Sri Lanka.
Producer : National Intensive Care Surveillance (NICS)
Producer URL : www.nicslk.com