Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital improves patient care with eRIC

23 November 2018

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital is the latest to improve patient care and safety by introducing the Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) into its six-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Following a go-live at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Northern Sydney Local Health District (LHD) earlier this month, Calvary Mater has become the 17th ICU across the state to replace paper charting with eRIC, which digitally integrates patient data from bedside monitors, ventilators and other specialised equipment every minute.

“eRIC will cut manual documentation work, which is very time consuming,” said Kelly Duff, Clinical Nurse Educator and Change Manager at Calvary Mater. “With eRIC, we expect that documentation and compliance will improve, resulting in fewer mistakes relating to these.”

Calvary Mater Newcastle is the major cancer care centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District, delivering more than 320,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 16,000 inpatient treatments per year.

Including Calvary Mater’s ICU, 345 beds in 17 health facilities across nine Local Health Districts have been enabled with eRIC as part of the ongoing digital transformation of NSW Health. Deployments of eRIC will continue in 2019, starting with Gosford Hospital and Wyong Hospital in Central Coast LHD.

eRIC will also be introduced next year in the ICUs of St Vincent’s Private Hospital within South Eastern Sydney LHD, Broken Hill Base Hospital in Far West LHD and Nepean Hospital in Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.

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