The Indian Registry of IntenSive Care (IRIS) Launches

Our partners in India (led by Bharath Kumar Tirupakuzhi Vijayaraghavan) have successfully established and tested the feasibility of a multicentre critical care registry for India. Modelled on a methodology for registries in the region via the Network for Improving Critical care Systems and  Training (NICST), the Indian Registry of IntenSive care (IRIS) has 3 broad objectives:

  1. To describe the epidemiology of critically ill patients admitted to Intensive Care Units across India and the resources available to these units.

  2. To provide periodic quality metrics to individual participant ICUs of the registry

  3. To enable quality improvement and research studies using the registry as the platform

The registry has been functional since January 2019 and currently has 10 linked ICUs. The registry is expected to expand to 15 units by the end of 2019. IRIS operates on a user-friendly cloud-based platform to manage the data. Individual ICUs on the network have real time information on unit activity, acuity and occupancy.  ICUs can also bench-mark their performance for future improvements.  

Along with other critical registries in South and South East Asia, IRIS is a co-founding member of ‘Critical Care Asia’. A Wellcome Trust and Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) project, the Collaboration for Research, Implementation and Training in Intensive CARE (CRITIcal CARE Asia), seeks to improve the quality of critical care in the region.

To know more about some of the exciting work that these groups are leading, follow them on twitter: @irisintensive and @AsiaCritical