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Pohjola Pankki Oyj: Intensive care developer Aarno Kari receives the Pohjola and Suomi Mutual Medical Award

Aarno Kari (M.D., Docent) will receive the Pohjola and Suomi Mutual Medical
Award worth EUR 20,000 at the Finnish Medical Convention for his pioneering
life's work in quality assessment, especially in the field of intensive care.
The award is a recognition of his significant national life's work. The
recipient is chosen by the chairmen of the major Finnish physicians'

"It is important to note that the purpose of intensive care is to help a
patient in acute danger of dying. When I began my career as a young doctor in
the early 1970s, intensive care was a very new field in Finland. There was a
lot that had to be developed. I see this award as a tribute to the entire
field of intensive care in Finland," says Aarno Kari.
Aarno Kari was instrumental in the development of quality consortia for
intensive care and anaesthesiology. A peer evaluation system in intensive
care was introduced in 1994 and by the new millennium all intensive care
units in Finland had subscribed to it. The processing of monitoring and
patient data in intensive care has been automated throughout the country.
Information produced by the system on the quality of intensive care has
resulted in a steady improvement of quality and smaller differences in
quality between ICUs. The quality consortium has proved what a massive
resource peer evaluation can be if properly implemented.
Aarno Kari has also led work to develop an information system that
automatically collects data from monitoring and care equipment and
laboratories. The system and its user interface form the basis for the
information system currently offered by GE (Centricity Critical Care
Clinisoft) that is used around the world in over 150 intensive care units in
17 countries and in ten language versions.

Ageing population posing a challenge in the future

Aarno Kari sees that the most obvious aspect affecting intensive care in the
future is that there will be a wider spectrum of diseases to deal with as the
population gets older, also resulting in a higher need for intensive care. On
the other hand, developments in invasive cardiology and radiology will reduce
the need for heavy surgery that requires post-operational intensive care.
"The main point will continue to be careful patient selection and an
optimistic and forward-looking attitude. We have seen many times that what
was hopeless yesterday is treatable today," says Mr Kari.

The Pohjola and Suomi Mutual Medical Award
has been presented annually at the Finnish Medical Convention since 1981. The
committee that chose the winner consisted of chairmen of the boards of the
Finnish Medical Association, Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Finska
Läkaresällskapet and the Finnish Medical Foundation. The Award will be
presented at the Finnish Medical Convention on 14 January 2016, with Mr Kari
Aarno giving a speech titled "From information to quality in intensive care".

For more information, please contact:

M.D., Docent Aarno Kari, p. +358 40 5560920,
Chief Physician Markus Torkki, Omasairaala Oy, tel. +358 10 2578051,

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The hospital network will be expanded to cover the entire country. The next
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This will be followed by hospitals opening in Oulu, Kuopio and Turku.
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Background information about the award winner: M.D. and Docent Aarno Kari

Aarno Kari graduated as licentiate of medicine from the University of Turku in
1970. He specialised in anaesthesia in 1976, received his doctorate in
medical science from the University of Kuopio in 1986 and became docent in
anaesthesiology and intensive care at the University of Kuopio in 1991. He
led a Finnish research group focusing on the development and validation of
indicators used in the quality evaluation of intensive care; this group was
part of an international research group. The quality consortium developed by
the group has formed the base for several nationwide research programmes,
published in the form of over 50 scientific articles and eight dissertations.
Aarno Kari specialised in anaesthesiology at Turku University Hospital
1970-1975, then worked as assistant lecturer in anaesthesiology at the
University of Turku 1975-76; then as physician in charge of Kuopio University
Hospital's IC unit, and as Medical Specialist, Associate Chief Physician,
Ward Chief and Chief Physician 1976-1994; temporary Anaesthesiology Professor
at the University of Kuopio 1994-1995, anaesthesiology department's chief
physician 1995-1999; before his retirement, Managing Director and Medical
Director of Intensium Oy 1999-2006.

Background information about Finnish intensive care: From novelty to standard
part of acute care

Intensive care is a relatively new specialty. It can be considered to have
started globally in 1953 in Copenhagen following the polio epidemic and in
Finland in 1964 when the first two intensive care units were opened.
During Aarno Kari's significant career, intensive care has established itself
into its current form in terms of its organisation and resources as a key
part of acute patient care. During the past 40 years or so, intensive care
has become a treatment method that everyone knows. Compared to the early days
of intensive care, the overall resources have increased significantly, and IC
units around the country have organised themselves to operate in a uniform
Following the establishment of the quality consortium, intensive care quality
is measured in Finland at three-month intervals. The matters that are
monitored include the number of patients requiring heavy intensive care; any
patients in the ICU who would not have needed it; number of extended
intensive care periods ending in death; number of patients readmitted to
intensive care during a single hospitalisation; daily number of staff per
patient or total number of intensive care procedures.
The results of intensive care are nowadays good - especially considering the
poor condition of the patients when they arrive. Some 80 per cent of the
patients survive thanks to intensive care, with reasonably good quality of
life after the treatment period. And it is extremely rare for patients to
become dependent on intensive care methods.


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