Since 2005, the Presence Health eICU (enhanced intensive care unit) Connection has worked in support of our local hospitals to successfully monitor thousands of patients and perform timely interventions that have contributed to positive patient outcomes. Initially one of only a handful of health systems to implement eICU technology, the Presence eICU Connection is one of 43 eICUs of its kind in the country, which collectively monitor approximately 10 percent of ICU beds nation-wide and lead the way in innovative patient care.
While nothing can replace your own doctor, you'll feel safe knowing your care in a Presence Health intensive care unit is monitored around the clock - even when your physician can't be there. Our eICU Connection represents a significant investment in clinical quality and patient care. It's a revolutionary service that utilizes enhanced computer software and physiology monitoring technologies to get immediate critical care physician and nurse input about any change in a patient's condition.
How does it work?
Often times, emergency situations arise in ICUs because patient conditions can change rapidly and with little warning. eICU technology adds to current bedside care by providing continuous monitoring of each adult ICU patient, allowing for more proactive plans of care.
Members of the eICU care team - including experienced critical care physicians (intensivists), critical care nurses, and data assistants - monitor all adult ICU patients via a remote site in Bolingbrook, IL. If a patient's condition worsens or changes unexpectedly, the intensivist knows it immediately and can view the patient via remote video and quickly collaborate with the local care team.
The eICU doesn't replace any critical care staff. Instead, it is an added layer of security for patients and their families. It offers the expertise of a physician who specializes in intensive care at the very moment trouble arises. And the service costs nothing more to the patient. All that is added is peace of mind.
Research has shown that eICUs such as Presence's improve patient care by reducing complications, shortening length of stay in the ICU and saving lives. The Presence Health eICU Connection supports Leapfrog Group patient safety compliance. There is no added charge to patients for eICU care or its clinician services.