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What is the Monitoring Intensive Care Activities – MICA Project?

The MICA Project (Monitoring Intensive Care Activities Project) was conceived by the Ministry of Health and the College for Intensive Care and aims to encourage the use of quality and performance indicators in Belgian ICUs. Indicator management improves the quality of intensive care medicine and the safety of Belgian patients.In addition, these indicators can be used in decision making for resource management and best practices, providing statistical and comparative performance data between different ICUs across the country in real time.

The MICA Project offers, through the micaproject.be website, information on the clinical and epidemiological profile of Belgian ICUs, such as recurrent diagnoses in medical hospitalizations, the most frequent comorbidities by age group and gender, average length of hospital stay, mortality in ICUs, among others.

Knowing the profile of the Belgian patient in the ICUs can give hospitals the possibility to define more effective strategies for care with more quality and success.

 

To learn more about the MICA project, click here and have access to the document published by the Belgian government.

 

What does the MICA Project offer to participating ICUs?

How important is it for my hospital to be part of the MICA Project?

The MICA Project provides you with tools to better understand and manage your unit. In addition, by sharing clinical and epidemiological information from your Unit, you contribute to the improvement of knowledge about the epidemiological profile of highly complex patients and intensive care in Belgium.

 

How does the MICA Project work?

Clinical and epidemiological data of high complexity patients is collected through Epimed Monitor, a clinical management software fully integrable with any hospital system. The software provides real-time reports on the most diverse indicators, as well as real-time benchmarking among the participating intensive care units.

The information collected is part of the Belgian National Registry, improving the knowledge about the epidemiological profile of Belgian ICUs.

 

How can my ICU participate?

To participate in the MICA project, please click here. We will be contacting you shortly with more information!

 

Project Coordinators

The MICA Project is coordinated by renowned professionals in the field of intensive care in Belgium who work with best practices and disseminate knowledge to the evolution of critical care in the country.  Meet the Coordinators participating in the MICA Project:

Kirsten Colpaert – kirsten.colpaert@ugent.be

Professor Kirsten Colpaert is an anesthesiology trained intensivist with a specific interest in quality improvement through information technology, which was also the focus of her PhD. She works at the Surgical Intensive Care unit of Ghent University Hospital  in Belgium since 2001, and is also responsible ICU physician for the Burn Unit. Clinical interests are neuro-ICU and burn patients. She is member of the board of the Society of Intensive Care, as well as the Belgian Association of Burn Injuries in Belgium.  She is co-founder of the MATRIC, which is an interuniversity database for ICU, and the MICA.

 

Serge Brimioulle – serge.brimioulle@ulb.ac.be

Serge Brimioulle graduated in Medicine (1976) and in Internal Medicine (1981) and obtained his PhD (1990) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium. He is now certified in internal medicine and intensive care. He spent most of his career in the Department of Intensive Care of the Erasme Hospital, Brussels. His main clinical topics of interest are respiratory failure, electrolytes and acid-base disorders, and clinical data collection and analysis. He collaborates with the Laboratory of Physiology of the ULB, where he studied the pulmonary circulation and its effects on pulmonary gas exchange and right ventricular function. He signed more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in major physiological and clinical journals. He has been professor of intensive care and of physiology for more than 10 years. He is member of the National Committee on Biomedical Engineering (Academy of Sciences), and chairman of the Intensive Care College (Ministry of Public Health).