Care is remote, not detached
It's an extra set of eyes on patients and their vital signs. Except the eyes may be hundreds of miles away.
The intensive care unit in Kearney's Good Samaritan Hospital is the latest addition to a network of hospitals served by Alegent Creighton Health's eICU, where doctors and nurses remotely monitor and assess patients and alert hospital staff to troublesome trends or critical issues.
The command center of what Alegent Creighton calls eFocus is in a building near west Omaha's Lakeside Hospital.
Those on duty — nurses and an intensivist, a physician specializing in treating a hospital's sickest patients — can monitor many patients' vital signs, lab work, Xrays and medications, as well as zoom in a high-definition camera on a patient to check his or her breathing patterns or other signs of health.
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