Approaching hospital administration about adopting cooling technologies

Crit Care Med. 2009 Jul;37(7 Suppl):S290-4. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181aa6331.


The purpose of this article is to provide intensivists with information and examples regarding cooling technology selection, cost assessment, adaptation, barriers, and presentation to hospital administrators. A review of medical and business literature was conducted using the following search terms: technology assessment, organizational innovation, intensive care, critical care, hospital administration, and presentation to administrators. General recommendations for intensivists are made for assessing cooling technology with descriptions of common new technology implementation stages. A study of 16 hospitals implementing a new cardiac surgery technology is described. A description of successful implementation of an induced hypothermia protocol by one of the authors is presented. Although knowledgeable about the applications of new technologies, including cooling technology, intensivists have little guidance or training on tactics to obtain a hospital administration's funding and support. Intensive care unit budgets are usually controlled by nonintensivists whose interests are neutral, at best, to the needs of intensivists. To rise to the top of the large pile of requisition requests, an intensivist's proposal must be well conceived and aligned with hospital administration's strategic goals. Intensivists must understand the hospital acquisition process and administrative structure and participate on high-level hospital committees. Using design thinking and strong leadership skills, the intensivist can marshal support from staff and administrators to successfully implement cooling technology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Budgets / organization & administration
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Critical Care / organization & administration*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration
  • Hospital Administration* / economics
  • Hospital Administration* / methods
  • Hospital Administrators / psychology
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia, Induced* / economics
  • Hypothermia, Induced* / statistics & numerical data
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Leadership
  • Marketing of Health Services / organization & administration
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Physician's Role / psychology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Professional Staff Committees / organization & administration
  • Program Development
  • Purchasing, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical / organization & administration*