What is eICU LifeGuard?
When you or your loved one is in critical condition, nothing can replace the personal care given by the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU). An important member of the ICU team is an intensivist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of critically ill patients. Because an intensivist is involved with the care of all ICU patients, it has been impossible for that doctor to be at every patient’s bedside all of the time, until now.
The equipment used to monitor a patient’s condition is linked to the remote monitoring site, where computers are specifically programmed for each patient’s medical needs. Computer software monitors vital signs, shows lab results and X-rays, and details a patient’s medical history. The data makes a “virtual” medical chart, providing a complete picture of a patient’s condition as it changes — minute by minute — without pages and pages of documents to flip through.
Improved patient safety: Electronic monitoring can detect small, subtle changes in a patient’s condition. Physicians and nurses at the command center alert the ICU team in the hospital immediately so that they can intervene and proactively treat problems before serious complications develop.
When needed, the LifeGuard intensivist and critical care nurses talk with a patient and bedside nurse using video and two-way audio and medical information equipment installed in Baptist Health’s critical care rooms. The eICU LifeGuard system can help doctors determine the best course of treatment. A real-time video can be turned on as needed to zoom in on a patient for a closer assessment. The lens is so powerful that it can be used to examine a patient’s pupils. For privacy, a bell sounds in the room to let the patient and staff know when the video camera is on.
With Baptist Health’s eICU LifeGuard, you have the comfort of knowing that nurses and doctors in the ICU are backed by highly trained critical care professionals working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the best possible care.
eICU LifeGuard means:
Improved patient recovery: Studies have documented a 27 percent reduction in deaths and a 14 percent reduction in the length of stay for ICU patients monitored electronically. Fewer complications means better outcomes.
Improved patient care: eICU LifeGuard is a safety net for critically ill patients.
The technology allows specialists to continuously monitor and manage ICU patients.
Questions About eICU LifeGuard
Who staffs the eICU LifeGuard Command Center?
The off-site command center is staffed by critical care nurses and intensivists, doctors who specialize in care and treatment of patients in intensive care units.
Will eICU LifeGuard take my doctor away from my bedside?
No. Your doctor will still see you at the hospital and make all final decisions about your care. In addition, hospital doctors, nurses and staff will continue to be at your bedside and monitor your condition. eICU LifeGuard gives you an additional team of critical care specialists who are trained and focused on you all of the time. Because your physician and the Baptist Health eICU LifeGuard intensivist discuss medical status and treatment plans daily, the intensivist may
modify treatment according to physicians’ plans when they are not in the hospital.
How does the eICU LifeGuard protect privacy?
eICU LifeGuard meets the latest security and privacy recommendations of the federal government. Patient information is secure and safe. The video and audio equipment in patient rooms is real-time only, with no capacity to record. The video camera is turned on only when doctors and nurses at the off-site command center need to communicate with the patient or bedside nurse. A bell sounds when the camera is activated.
Is there an extra charge for eICU LifeGuard?
Baptist Health offers eICU LifeGuard at no additional charge to patients. This safety net is part of the standard of care we provide for ICU patients.
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