The ICU is one of the most complex and costly settings in health care. It is also where patients and their families are at significant risk of experiencing preventable harms - from infections and delirium to a loss of dignity and respect when care is not consistent with patient goals and values.
These harms shouldn't happen and they don't have to happen. Yet the ICU, and other hospital settings, are not optimally designed to prevent these harms from occurring. Evidence-based practices are not always put into action, data is not always converted into knowledge at the point of care, communication gaps occur across the clinical care team, hospital rooms and processes are not engineered well, and patients don’t always receive the care they need or want.
Our goal is to change this by partnering with experts across the field to redesign how care is delivered.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center are designing and testing care innovations that will eliminate preventable harms. By working with different industries, including engineering and technology, they are tackling the complexity of our health care delivery challenges.
Ultimately, we want to demonstrate how these innovations can significantly reduce preventable harms. Then, we want to take them to other ICUs, and eventually other hospital settings, across the country to have greater impact in reducing health care costs and making care safer and more compassionate.