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Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Intensive care has gone virtual at St. Luke's. The Electronic Intensive Care Unit, or e–ICU allows for improved care of patients in remote areas.
Jenny Hopkins is the Nurse Manager in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke's Magic Valley.
She is communicating via the e–ICU to a nurse at the e–ICU Control Center in Boise.
As a 15–year veteran at St. Luke's, she wanted to give the Twin Falls hospital an edge.
Hopkins explains, "so really looked at this platform of the eICU, we did several site visits to see what it was, to make sure it was right for us. And after seeing it, it was mind–changing. I went into it thinking it wasn't going to be the best for us, but after seeing how it worked, and how to give you that extra level of support and really help provide the best care for our patients, I was sold."
"We are able to see changes in patients' condition through trending of vital signs or even sudden changes of vital signs. So we can consult with the bedside nurse if there is a change," adds Grant Haller, RN, St. Luke's Boise Medical Center.
The program filters out vital signs, giving the staff in Twin Falls an extra set of eyes, virtually.
Haller adds, "patients get 24–hour intensivist coverage. There's a doctor in here from 7 p.m. To 7 a.m. that has access to all the patient's records, they can look at the patient physically with the camera I am using right now."
Funding for this technology has been made available through an $11.7 million innovation award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.