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eICU

According to the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety, studies reveal that at least one in 10 ICU patient deaths could be avoided if dedicated intensivists were present in the ICU to manage patient care.

Geisinger’s eICU® program connects ICUs to a team of critical care specialists – including board certified critical care intensivists and critical care nurses – who constantly monitor patients’ vital information and clinical status in real time.

John McIlwaine, DO, Geisinger eICU Program Director, talks about the benefits of the eICU program and how it benefits patients and helps decrease mortality and length of hospital stay:

Using video telemonitoring equipment, the eICU team assists the primary ICU caregivers at the patient’s bedside by helping to identify subtle trends that may compromise outcomes.  Automated eICU Smart Alerts notify our intensivits of changes early-on, so that we can monitor those changes and help the bedside caregivers start intervention as soon as necessary.

Participating with Geisinger’s eICU also helps ICU staff monitor their performance and by providing daily management reports, as well as quarterly best-practice reports on seven metrics important to critical care, namely:

  • Beta blocker usage
  • Average daily glucose
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis
  • Low tidal volume ventilation
  • Blood transfusion
  • Stress ulcer prophylaxis
  • Ventilator days

Health care providers are invited to learn more about Geisinger’s eICU program by calling 570.271.6637 or emailing telemedicine@geisinger.edu.

Radiological Support

John Cardella, MD, Director of Radiology and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Health System, talks about how the radiology department supports various telemedicine services at Geisinger, including the eICU and Trauma Transfer programs, and how this benefits patients.