Quality indicators in intensive care medicine: why? Use or burden for the intensivist

Jan-Peter Braun, Hendrik Mende, Hanswerner Bause, Frank Bloos, Götz Geldner, Marc Kastrup, Ralf Kuhlen, Andreas Markewitz, Jörg Martin, Michael Quintel, Klaus Steinmeier-Bauer, Christian Waydhas, Claudia Spies & NeQuI (Quality Network In Intensive Care Medicine)
In order to improve quality (of therapy), one has to know, evaluate and make transparent, one’s own daily processes. This process of reflection can be supported by the presentation of key data or indicators, in which the real as-is state can be represented. Quality indicators are required in order to depict the as-is state. Quality indicators reflect adherence to specific quality measures. Continuing registration of an indicator is useless once it becomes irrelevant or adherence...