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Enhanced Recovery after Intensive Care (ERIC)
In Germany, each year 2.1 million patients are treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) and 400.000 of these patients receive mechanical ventilation. Treatment of mechanically ventilated patients alone comprise 13 to 14 % overall in-hospital health care costs. Besides organ dysfunctions such as weaning failures, post-intensive care syndrome is seen in approximately 25 % of all patients who were admitted to an ICU and is associated with cognitive dysfunctions, loss of mobility and mental disorders. These longterm sequelae imply distress for patients and their relatives as well as costs for the general public.
The aim of the project „Enhanced Recovery after Intensive Care (ERIC)” is to avoid these long term consequences and to enhance individual self-healing rehabilitation potential of the patient starting in the ICU and proceeding to the intersectoral pathway. Thereby a striking gap of personalized medicine and an economic deficit of patient-centered care can be closed.
This aim will be achieved by in- and out-hospital cross-linking using E-Health systems as well as competence-based development concepts for increasing quality and personnel ability for local and regional case care.
ERIC is suitable to become standard in treatment. The evaluation concept is robust and developed by key opinion leader of different health sectors, biometricians and health economists. It allows within three years to get a comprehensive evaluation from the view of patients, relatives, health care staff and economics.