Covid-19 coronavirus: Software to help doctors decide who gets an ICU bed
It is expected that during the Covid-19 crisis many patients will suffer from severe illness requiring hospital care, and some will need admission to critical care with ventilatory support.
Like other countries, New Zealand is unlikely to have enough ventilators or beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), and so prioritization of patients will be urgently required.
Working with ICU clinicians and nurses, and overseen by an ethicist and a Māori health leader, 1000minds was used to create a tool to help clinicians prioritize Covid-19 patients for ICU. This tool will be used only if ICUs are overwhelmed.
- N Jones, “Covid-19 coronavirus: Software to help doctors decide who gets an ICU bed”, New Zealand Herald, 25 March 2020
- (Paywall) N Jones, “Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ software to help decide who gets intensive care beds”, New Zealand Herald, 31 March 2020
About the use of 1000minds for prioritizing patients for hospital admission.
- P De Nardo, E Gentilotti, F Mazzaferri et al and COVID-19 MCDA Group (2020), “Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to prioritize hospital admission of patients affected by COVID-19 in low-resource settings with hospital-bed shortage”, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, early online version