Essay about Clinical Information System

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OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM TO THE CRITICAL CARE ENVIRONMENT

INTRODUCTION

The delivery of health care has become increasingly complex, and most clinical research focuses on new approaches to diagnosis and treatment. There have been significant advances in medical technology used in patient treatment and care. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in an acute hospital is designed to treat the most complex and unstable medical and surgical patient. Most ICU admissions occur because the patient requires technology that is available only within the ICU for monitoring or therapeutic purposes (Scales et al, 2004) . In the past decade, the medical technology and systems used in Intensive Care
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The combination of both these facilities are referred to as "critical care".

The critical care complex at Galway Regional Hospitals (GRH) is provided over two sites, based at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG), and Merlin Park Hospital (MPH).
UCHG has just completed construction of a 27-bed state-of-the-art critical care complex. Each bed space/cubicle operates clinically as a self-contained area. Each area is divided by partitioning enhancing the control of infection.

A recent report in 2004 provided detailed analysis on the demands on the service. There has been a significant increase in service demands, in line with population increases for the Western Region. In 2000, 470 patients used the critical care services, and latest validated figures show that the admissions have increased two-fold to 970 patients by end of 2004. (Silke, M.J, 2004) . National Health Policy is working towards individual regions becoming self sufficient in the delivery of health care. Galway Regional Hospitals (GRH) is designated as the Supra-Regional site for the Western Seaboard. The Critical Care Services at GRH actively role model as a supra-regional service, the most complex critically ill patients are

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