A policy debate to raise awareness of intensive care medicine and its contributions to patient outcomes and health systems took place this week (15 May 2012) at the European Parliament.
Entitled Improving Patient Outcomes through Intensive Care Medicine, the debate was organised by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine’s (ESICM), in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance, and involved policy makers, stakeholders from NGOs and patient organisations, industry representatives, health professionals, and academics.
Hosted by Cristian Bu?oi MEP, the debate saw a number of key European medical experts and EU officials debate several topics around how to improve patient outcomes through intensive care.
Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) survivor discuss her experience and its impact on her life.
An accompanying exhibition inside the European Parliament reconstructed an intensive care unit (ICU) with all the key equipment and a team of trainers was on hand to provide training in CPR and other life-saving techniques.