Critical Care Presence
Developing Tools for More Effective Bedside Care
The care of critically ill patients is complex and challenging with the outcome highly dependent on the skill set of the critical care team. In virtually any critical care setting, there is an abundance of information available, yet the ability to process data and provide effectively organized and meaningful information is limited.
An important example is the assessment of work of breathing (WOB). Unrecognized WOB increase leading to respiratory muscle fatigue is a frequent cause of hospital cardiac arrest. We have developed a simple clinical scale to assess WOB at the bedside enabling healthcare providers to recognize and treat early WOB increase.1 This scale was also shown useful to assess the need of intubation for mechanical ventilation in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.
- Apigo M, Schechtman J, Dhliwayo N, Al Tameemi M, Gazmuri RJ. Development of a work of breathing scale and monitoring need of intubation in COVID-19 pneumonia. Crit Care. 2020 Jul 31;24(1):477. doi: 10.1186/s13054-020-03176-y. PMID: 32736637; PMCID: PMC7393620.
Thus, there is an important unmet clinical need for more effective use of available data and for development of automated systems leveraging on the available data to implement repetitive tasks with faster response times and less prone to human error. Stay tuned…