MICU Education

University of Pittsburgh

Quality Improvement in the ICU

Quality improvement and monitoring is an important part of managing the ICU. In complex critically ill patients with multiple concurrent problems, quality measures and tracking prevent medical errors.


To learn more about quality metrics and safety in the ICU, refer to the lecture below:

  quality metrics and safety    

Additional Reading

The following two links are good overviews on this topic:

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  1. Curtis JR1, Cook DJ, Wall RJ, Angus DC, Bion J, Kacmarek R, Kane-Gill SL, Kirchhoff KT, Levy M, Mitchell PH, Moreno R, Pronovost P, Puntillo K. Intensive care unit quality improvement: a "how-to" guide for the interdisciplinary team. Crit Care Med. 2006 Jan;34(1):211-8.

  2. Lakshmi P. Chelluri. Quality and performance improvement in critical care. Indian J Crit Care Med. 2008 Apr-Jun; 12(2): 67–76.