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Improving the care available for acute and critically unwell patients globally

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NICST Platform

With the aim of improving acute and critical care globally we work collaboratively with frontline nurses, doctors and stakeholders to help them identify inequalities in healthcare and barriers to care delivery.

Working at a grassroots level we help nurses and doctors monitor and detect acutely unwell patients. The NICST platform helps frontline staff measure and evaluate the processes and quality of care for their patients.

The NICST platform helps health administrators identify where resources are needed including, beds, training, staff and equipment.

The NICST platform is currently supporting Quality improvement projects for post operative recovery of surgical patients, reduction of cannula site infections, better respiratory care for ICU patients.

Extending to surgical, medical patients, including specialties for cardiology, renal, and critical care. Live in 3 countries, the system has over 320,000 patients episodes.


Acute, emergency and critical care training in low and middle income settings is often limited. This can adversely impact patient outcomes and lead to poor quality of services.

NICST hopes to make a difference to the care of the seriously ill patient through practical skills based training for all frontline healthcare staff.

The sickest patients getting to hospital quickly is very important. This is why we also train members of the public and school children in first and and Basic Life Support skills.

PROTECT - vital signs monitoring and early warning system

Patients admitted to hospital are at risk of becoming more unwell and potentially developing critical illness. In LMICs critical illness carries a high risk of death and so early recognition and effective treatment is vital to save lives.

The Early Warning System is harnessing our data gathering, data analytics and quality improvement expertise to improve acute care provisions. The project uses both real time vital signs data display and clinical skills training to enable staff at the hospital to recognise and respond to patients who are becoming sicker and are at risk of becoming critically ill.

Global Health goes global... Stories from Sri Lanka

We are Sitara and Laura, two Global Health research master’s students from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. As part of our master’s program, we are spending 3.5 months doing an internship in Sri Lanka with NICST. During this period, we will be joining existing projects to learn about building sustainable systems for training, research and healthcare improvement.

Follow our journey as we get to know the team, their fantastic collaborators and the projects they help support.

Achievements and Impacts

PROTECT application

PROTECT EWS is active in 7 hospitals in 4 LMIC countries.

PROTECT ICU has helped find critical care beds for over 5280 patients.

PROTECT EWS has alerted nurses and doctors to over 3400 of their sickest patients including those with, postpartum hemorrhage, sepsis, dengue fever and myocardial infarction.

PROTECT cardiac is now helping improve early referral of patients who need PCI and thrombolysis.


5600 Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists trained in essential acute and critical care skills.

436  members of the public trained in first aid and basic life support.

224 Non government organisation volunteers training in disaster management- in partnership with local NGO’s.

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