Critical Care in North West London
Network Event - May 2012
The Network first developed a Critical Care strategic framework document for critical care services in North West London in 2008. The framework is updated each year through discussion with clinical and operational staff from trusts within the network and in response to patient experience from various sources. It is shared within North West London and with other Networks.
The Critical Care strategic framework is designed to show various types of health services and their distribution and which ones are dependent on having access to critical care beds and enhanced skills in order to be safe for patients. It sets out the type of critical care that is needed to support patients being admitted - for example - as emergency or elective patients, medical or surgical as well as sub specialties such as maternity or vascular patients.
Smaller and bigger critical care units
The meeting considered the learning from ICU redevelopments in London including the
- project management issues that arise with rebuild projects;
- workforce issues;
- designated escalation for patient pathways required;
- challenges that arise (and mitigation) when keeping care local for patients whilst still providing a good quality, consultant led and affordable critical care service.
The meeting also agreed
- Acute kidney injury - to audit the critical care units for Acute Kidney Injury patients in the Autumn using a dataset and process to be agreed in NW London
- Digital strategy - that website and digital education materials were developing in line with Network members expectations and needs
- Olympics resilience – additional checks were in preparation, including Haemofiiltration (hardware and supply issues), Transport of critically ill or injured patients (returning teams and impact of ORN)
3 CPD credits (Royal College of Anaesthetists) were available for this event