Saturday, October 01, 2011
I wanna be a virtual nurse
So I have been hanging out in the ICU lately and I talk to the nurses. One nurse told me about a new thing that is coming to their hospital - it's called the EICU. Enhanced Intensive Care Unit.
Apparently 10% of all ICU patients in the country are electronically monitored with this system. A center is set up with critical care nurses and intensivists who continally monitor patients and see trends and help manage critical situations. They can make suggestions on how to manage patients. In the hospital in my area it will be used to monitor patients in outstate small hospitals. Its a 2nd set of eyes and links smaller hospitals to advanced help.
I think this is being done in all kinds of hospitals, not just rural or small town hospitals. Some hospital systems have it for the majority of their hospitals.
I wonder what the ICU nurses think of it. In the smaller hospitals I would think it would be welcome. In the bigger hospitals, nurses might not like it. There are a lot of nurses who want control of their patient situation and don't want anyone interfering. They would have a hard time with someone trying to help manage the patient from some remote location.
Is this the nursing of the future? I can envision hospitals having this and figuring they can have less nurses or give the nurses they have more patients because there is always someone watching.
Posted by girlvet at 11:45 PM