In December 2020 at the height of the COVID19 pandemic Manchester Royal Infirmary ITU team made a decision to take a different approach to how they care for their long term ITU patients and piloted RITA ITU. The feedback was both positive and immediate:
“The feedback on using RITA has been very positive and we continue to spread the word about RITA across the unit. I know it has been used every day. The staff are telling me that they have seen patients calm down, start to smile, change their mood completely from being agitated and uncooperative to being calm and relaxed. This is all very good to hear.”
A significant problem for ITU teams is that they can be treating patients with complex rehabilitation needs that require input from multiple members of the multi-disciplinary team over a prolonged period of time. Furthermore, longer term patients are susceptible to stress, agitation and in many cases delirium. Therefore, Innovative solutions are needed to ensure that their needs are met in a patient-centred and co-ordinated way whilst keeping them calm, informed, stimulated and connected to the outside world.
It is estimated that 80% of patients in intensive care experience delirium and for COVID 19 patients the figure is even higher. RITA ITU will help reduce incidences of delirium and support those experiencing it. Download case study here
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