Enhanced Critical Care is an electronic intensive care unit designed to improve care and shorten hospital stays. Critically ill patients are monitored bedside by local physicians and nurses and remotely by specially trained critical care physicians and nurses at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Patient information, including vital signs, test results and imaging exams, is sent to an operations center via in-room computers, high quality video cameras and audio monitors. There, a team of physicians and nurses continuously reviews the information and alerts local staff if a problem is detected. Two-way televisions and video cameras allow operations center staff to communicate with local staff, patients and their families.
Local physicians and nurses continue to care for patients as they always have. A local physician directs each patient’s care.
“The Enhanced Critical Care program provides patients and staff with additional care when they need it most,” says Sandee Vaske, registered nurse, Emergency Department and Progressive Care Unit nursing manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “The nurses and physicians at the operations center in Rochester continually monitor the patients’ data and vital signs. At the first sign of any issue, they notify the local care team.”
Benefits of Enhanced Critical Care include early detection and treatment of problems, shorter hospital stays, improved patient results and reduced cost of care. The service is provided at no additional cost to patients.
Please talk with any staff member if you have questions or concerns about Enhanced Critical Care.