Enhancing patient care in Central Coast LHD

The Wyong team in Central Coast LHD celebrating the transition to electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC).
17 May 2019

The electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) is changing the way clinicians work and enhancing patient care at hospitals within Central Coast Local Health District.

Integrating data every minute from multiple devices into a clinical information system, eRIC replaces the paper charts and forms used in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

The adult ICUs at Wyong Hospital and Gosford Hospital transitioned to eRIC in mid-March and early May respectively. With eight beds at Wyong and 20 beds at Gosford, these transitions complete the Central Coast LHD deployment.

Simon Wyer, the ICU Director at Wyong Hospital said, “Since the implementation of eRIC there have been a range of improved efficiencies which have become more noticeable. The main features include the ability to extract patient observations and prioritise tasks allowing staff to provide more ‘hands on’ time with the patients.

“The eRIC system has also enabled better surveillance of patients within the ICU, empowering the team to make informed decisions and improve continuum of care. The reduction in administrative tasks has enhanced staff collaboration and increased quality in provisions of care.”

When asked what long term benefits are anticipated from the eRIC deployments, Michael Bastick, ICU Director at Gosford Hospital, noted he was hoping for multiple long term benefits including improved reporting functionality, greater consistency in information gathered about patients, and improved handover and continuity between shifts.

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