Royal North Shore Hospital improves ICU patient care with new clinical information system

23 October 2018

The Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) is improving patient care and safety at Royal North Shore (RNS) Hospital, the state’s 15th and its largest so far to deploy the clinical information system as part of the ongoing digital transformation of NSW Health.

Fifty-eight beds in all four of Royal North Shore Hospital’s Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have transitioned from paper charting to eRIC, which digitally integrates patient data from bedside monitors, ventilators and other specialised equipment every minute.

Admitting more than 3,000 patients annually, Royal North Shore Hospital’s ICUs have set a benchmark for clinical excellence and training, boasting world-leading success rates for the treatment of life-threatening illnesses and trauma.

Clinicians say a significant benefit of eRIC is its graphical representation of thousands of data points on a single screen, supporting rapid decision-making by providing a trend analysis of a patient’s condition.

“Changing workflows from smaller individual tasks to bigger picture analysis and confirmation of data is a major benefit that eRIC brings to the clinicians,” said Nicholas Adam, ICU Clinical Nurse Educator at Royal North Shore Hospital.

By removing the laborious manual processes associated with hourly paper charting, eRIC ensures highly accurate and timely information is immediately available to clinicians.

Registered Nurse Hollie-Anne Morris said eRIC will enable multiple clinicians to view a patient’s data at once, reducing the risk of paper transcription errors.

“ICU nurses spend significant time documenting each and every hour on paper, and eRIC will take some of this pressure away and give us more time for patients and their families,” she said.

eRIC is now enhancing patient care in 326 ICU beds across 15 NSW public hospitals, including Royal North Shore’s two 16-bed general ICU wards (for patients suffering from major trauma, burns and spinal cord injuries) as well as its 13-bed cardiothoracic ICU and 13-bed neurosurgical ICU.

Patients at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital and Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital are the next in line to benefit from the increased safety features of electronic charting via eRIC.

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