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News spotlight: UMC’s remote monitoring program helps improve quality of care

Nurse Leader Insider, December 28, 2009

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Many intensive care units do not have enough doctors and nurses to care for their patients, so many hospitals utilize a Philips VISICU eICU remote electronic monitoring program to improve quality of care. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), they recently went live with a similar program, called Intensiview.

Intensiview allows 10 nurses and one physician at a time to work out of a remote office in Jackson, MI, where they can talk with nurses and patients all through two-way video and audio cameras. With this technology, the nurses and physician in Jackson are still able to review lab work and check vital signs of patients at UMC. At one time, a nurse can monitor 30-40 patients, 24 hours a day. A physician working a 12-hour shift can monitor 100 patients.

The nurses involved with Intensiview have significant critical care experience, so when a nurse at UMC's ICU has a question or needs help, the nurses can offer their expertise.

"I think this is going to be just so much support for nurses on the floor," said Belinda Birdwell, a critical care nurse of 18 years and a new UMC employee. "They feel like they have a resource person as a backup if they get into a situation."

Source: Clarionledger.com (MS)



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