REDUCING LENGTH OF STAY AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF CARE BY IMPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATICS SYSTEM AND CARE BUNDLE IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Yang Kai-Hsuan, Wei Fong Kao, Lin Yen-Kuang, Wang Pei-Ling, Huang Tsung-Jen, Kang Yi-No, Chen Ray-Jade, Chao Chun-Chieh

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Abstract

Background: Clinical situations in intensive care units (ICUs) change rapidly, and many factors may prolong the length of stay (LOS) of patients. Objectives: The objectives of the study were to examine the effects of implementing an electronic-ICU (e-ICU) and an informatics system in an ICU on the LOS of patients and quality of care. Methods: We evaluated the implementation of a technology electronic dashboard-ICU (TED-ICU) system to upload automatically physiological information and clinical data within the critical care unit for providing real-time information to the care team. Furthermore, TED-ICU software automatically performed Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) every 48 h. If a patient's SOFA score decreased by more than 2 points, there was an automatic reminder for transferring patients to the general ward. We prospectively collected data for this study from the ICU before and after implementing the e-ICU. Results: In total, 2248 patients were admitted to our ICU during the study period (1147 and 1101 patients before and after TED-ICU implementation, respectively). Demographic characteristics and in-hospital mortality rates did not differ significantly between the two groups, and the LOS decreased from 7.26 to 5.53 days (p < 0.01). Conclusion: Implementing an informatics system (TED-ICU) and care bundle in ICUs can reduce the LOS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalRevista de investigacion clinica; organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutricion
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Electronic-intensive care units
  • Intensive care units
  • Sequential organ failure assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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