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Use of the ASIC App is being expanded to intensive care units

Almost one year after the start of the control phase, the quality approvement strategy in the Use Case ASIC of the SMITH Consortium has been launched. For this the ASIC App will now be made available and used step by step on all participating intensive care units.

The focus of the Use Case ASIC is on intensive care patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS ), a disease that still kills about 40 percent of all patients. The aim is to make the diagnosis as quickly as possible by using already documented, routine clinical data and to achieve better treatment by following the recommendations of relevant guidelines. 

Ventilation parameters are taken from the patient data management system via the ASIC App and examined for the potential presence of ARDS. Suspected cases of ARDS are immediately reported to the treating intensive care physicians via the ASIC App, which is certified as a medical device. This enables an early diagnostic and therapeutic reaction of the treating physicians. If the criteria are met after medical review and the information are confirmed, the app displays the respective severity and the relevant guideline-based therapy recommendations. 

Today, the Clinic for Operative Intensive Medicine and Intermediate Care of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen was the first department to successfully launch the app. The response of the medical colleagues in the intensive care units are consistently positive and acceptance is high. In the course of the next months the next SMITH Project Partners will start using the ASIC App. This includes the university hospitals of Bonn, Düsseldorf, Halle, Hamburg, Jena, Leipzig and Rostock.