Page Hospital to implement telemedicine technology in new Intensive Care Unit
PAGE, Ariz. (Sept. 19, 2011) – In early October, Page Hospital will open the doors to its first ever Intensive Care Unit.
The new Page Hospital ICU will become the sixteenth Banner ICU to implement eICU® technology, a remote monitoring system that provides an advanced, additional layer of care for hospitalized patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
The public is invited to tour the new ICU at the community open house on Saturday, Sept. 24. The ICU will undergo a traditional Native American blessing beginning at 10 a.m. and tours will be offered from 11 a.m until 2 p.m.
eICU® technology is utilized by Banner Health’s iCare Intensive Care departments, also referred to as the Tele-ICU, which comprises a team of offsite critical care nurses and physicians (intensivists) who remotely monitor ICU patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As back-up to existing bedside caregivers, these specially trained staff work from a Clinical Operations Room at the Banner Desert Medical Center campus in Mesa, Ariz..
Currently, 37 Intensive Care Units throughout the Banner Health System, in Arizona, Nebraska and Colorado, are equipped with a high- resolution, full-motion two-way video camera with audio hookup in each ICU patient room. From the clinical operations room, iCare specialists can assist the bedside caregivers to pick up nearly imperceptible changes in a patient’s condition, lab values or vital signs. This program does not replace the expertise that exists at the bedside, but rather enhances the care delivered to the patient.
Because intensive care patients are so medically fragile, this early warning system can help divert life-threatening complications. When the iCare specialists detect a problem or concern, they can talk live to the caregivers at the bedside and assess the patient via voice and video. This timely response has proven results in shorter hospital stay, fewer patient complications, and lower mortality rates.
The iCare specialists are not a replacement for caregivers at the hospital but rather additional practitioners who have immediate access to the patient’s vital signs, medical records, test results, X-rays, and other information in the medical record. The iCare specialists closely collaborate with onsite professionals in providing immediate supervision and care management. Recent studies show that implementation of the Tele-ICU care model can reduce ICU mortality by 25 percent.