The eICU is an electronic Intensive Care Unit that is
staffed by 24/7/365 intensivists—board-certified specialists trained in the
management of critically ill patients.
While it doesn't replace bedside resources, eICU
technology offers patients several advantages over traditional care:
Cameras are installed in each Special Care Unit room,
allowing the eICU care team to closely examine critically ill patients, through
real-time information via cardiac monitors, lab results, medications and care
notes via the electronic medical record. Plus for additional support, advanced
video technology allows eICU clinicians to see close-up views of patient
indicators like pupil size, skin color and settings on patient-support devices.
A button on the wall will allow the intensivist to join the
conversation at any time—during rounds for consultation or to talk directly to
the patient and family. Decision-support software continuously analyzes
patient-specific data, alerting the team to changes in a patient's condition.
change in the patient's status notifies the eICU CARE team and prompts them to
review and respond to the patient's new status.
eICU is offered in partnership with Avera eCARE, through Avera Health system in Sioux Falls, S.D., an integrated health system and network of medical professionals.