Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Revolutionizing the ICU

PostedDecember 29, 2013

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 Anchor Lead: The intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital is launching a new system that could be a step toward revolutionizing health care delivery.

Peter Pronovost: In health care, preventable harm is now the third leading cause of death in this country.

Randy Atkins: Peter Pronovost, a critical care physician and safety specialist at Johns Hopkins, says each I-C-U patients’ care should include about two-hundred things every day.

Peter Pronovost: And how do we ensure patients get them? On my memory or the clinicians memory or the nurses memory.

Randy Atkins: So Pronovost is pioneering a system engineers have designed to compile data from hospital equipment and staff that can be analyzed in one place, even by the patient and family members.

Peter Pronovost: Patients can see what we’re doing and what we haven’t done…

Randy Atkins: …all on a tablet that also has information to help them learn about medical procedures and devices. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.