These benefits come from an additional group of specialists, called intensivists, who monitor our patients closely to detect the slightest changes in their conditions — often without ever seeing them in person.
At these locations, board-certified intensivists — physicians who specialize in caring for critically ill patients — work in a control center instead of patients’ rooms. They observe the patient’s progress minute by minute, 24/7, using video, audio and vital sign monitors.
This kind of constant observation can pick up small changes in the patient’s status. When that happens, the eICU intensivist alerts our ICU physicians and nurses, who take corrective action right away. Studies show that this close monitoring and quick response saves lives, reduces complications and helps patients recover faster.
Technology is key to eICU, and the system uses microphones, video cameras, alarms and other monitoring tools to observe the patient and send the information to the control center. The camera is located above the door in each room, and it’s always on. To preserve privacy for the patient and family, the lens faces the wall and is only turned toward the patient periodically. In addition, the equipment has no recording capabilities.
The OhioHealth ICU physician remains in charge of your loved-one’s care and determines how much the eICU team will be involved — from round-the-clock monitoring to consultation to providing treatment. No matter what level of support they contribute, the eICU intensivists coordinate closely with the patient’s physician to make sure they’re carrying out the designated treatment plan.
The eICU system delivers a level of expertise and vigilance that few hospitals in the nation can match. For OhioHealth, it’s just another example of our continuing commitment to quality patient care.