Enhancing the quality of care in the intensive care unit: a systems engineering approach

Crit Care Clin. 2013 Jan;29(1):113-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2012.10.009.


This article presents an overview of systems engineering and describes common core principles found in systems engineering methodologies. The Patient Care Program Acute Care Initiative collaboration between the Armstrong Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which will use systems engineering to reduce patient harm in the intensive care unit, is introduced. Specific examples of applying a systems engineering approach to the Patient Care Program Acute Care Initiative are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology / economics
  • Biomedical Technology / standards*
  • Biomedical Technology / trends
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. / economics
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. / standards*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / economics
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration*
  • Intensive Care Units / standards
  • Patient Safety / economics
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / economics
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / standards
  • Systems Analysis
  • United States