The project was funded by the Health Information 2007 of European Union and lasted 30 months (2009 - 2012).

The general aim was to promote patient safety and quality improvement in critical care towards a significant reduction of observed mortality rates and economic costs.

Intensive care is one of the largest, most expensive, most complex area? of European healthcare; each year about one million patients are admitted to intensive care units across Europe. The project will long-term contribute to promoting cooperation between member states in the European society in the area of critical care, with a view to improve the safety of patients admitted to ICUs and to continuously assess performance through international comparison of procedures and outcomes. It will also contribute to the exchange of good practice, reduction of medical errors and promotion of high quality services in public health.

The establishment of an ICU network across EU was proposed in order to collect standardized data of admitted patients, to perform statistical analyses based on national and cross-border comparisons and to appropriately identify and manage strengths and weaknesses in performance. The EU network will benefit from Italy's long consolidated experience in the field of critical care.

The project aimed to:

• Build a collaboration network of ICUs for collecting and comparing clinical data for improving patient safety and quality of services

• Develop a web-based multilingual system for gathering data from ICU networks

• Allow the analysis and comparison of clinical data through multivariable methods and provide ICUs with tools for identifying and eliminating weaknesses and for fostering and sharing strengths with other network members

• Enhance patient safety in terms of quality of delivered healthcare

• Improve outcome in ICUs by reducing mortality and avoiding medical errors through continuous monitoring of activity

• Introduce effective strategies of good practice exchanged between different EU countries in the critical care domain

The University of Bergamo was the network leader and the Intensive Care Unit of Nicosia General Hospital participated as a collaborating institution.