The primary objective of the ICU-BIS is to provide timely data for managing ICU capacity, bed availability, and facilitation of interhospital transfers so critically ill patients get access to intensive care beds in a timely manner to deliver the best patient outcomes.
The objectives are:
Provide timely data on ICU bed availability nationally for adult public hospitals, paediatric public hospitals, and private hospitals
Provide information to support surge (during increased demands e.g. during a pandemic or major disaster situations)
Report on ICU bed availability, occupancy, and utilisation
Improve communication between ICUs and provide up-to-date contact details
Capture data on patients being managed by the ICU team outside of the main ICU (off-unit management e.g. in ED, theatre areas)
Report on COVID-19 specific data (new COVID-confirmed admissions, discharges, deaths, and numbers invasively ventilated in ICU)
Disseminate the outputs from the data in a timely manner to all relevant stakeholders
Provide vital information to those modelling the future progress of the epidemic and guide Government decisions regarding public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.