Study Supports Need for 24/7 Tele-ICU Coverage by Intensivists

Advanced ICU Care Presents Results in Poster Presentation at the American Telemedicine Association

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tele-ICU intensivists fill the need for patient care during both daytime and nighttime hours, according to data from 20 non-tertiary hospitals in eight states from a one-year period. The data analysis, conducted by Advanced ICU Care, the nation’s largest independent provider of tele-ICU services, is scheduled as a poster presentation at the American Telemedicine Association’s 17th Annual International Meeting and Exposition, April 29 through May 1 in San Jose, California.

“We found that approximately 40 percent of the calls to tele-ICU intensivist physicians occur during the day – from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” noted Isabelle Kopec, M.D., co-founder and vice president of medical affairs at Advanced ICU Care and co-author of the study. “This finding shows that the 24/7 tele-ICU intensivist presence fills the need for patient care during both the day and night shifts, while local medical staff can tend to other patient care issues.”

The hospitals all have an established intensivist-led 24/7 tele-ICU program from Advanced ICU Care. Tele-ICU intensivists provided a total of 242 documented interventions, patient care notes, and daytime and nighttime calls per 100 patient days during the one-year period. Interventions included evaluations for physiologic changes, electrolyte replacement, best-practice protocols and emergency needs. Patient care notes are defined as documented admission, re-admission, and comprehensive and brief progress notes.

“Because of the serious shortage of intensivist physicians, hospitals everywhere are challenged to comply with recommendations that they have 24/7 intensivists directing care in the ICU,” noted Mary Jo Gorman, M.D., M.B.A., co-founder and chief executive officer of Advanced ICU Care and a co-author of the poster.

“Most hospitals have local practicing pulmonologists with busy outpatient practices staffing their ICUs,” added Gorman. “This analysis demonstrates how important it is to have around-the-clock remote access to Board-certified intensivist physicians to ensure that the bedside physician’s care plans are implemented even when they are not in the ICU, and to provide immediate interventions when necessary without having to find and interrupt the busy physician or wait for a response.”

Advanced ICU Care provides 24/7 monitoring for ICU patients using telemedicine technology and dedicated intensivists. With a continuous process improvement program to drive evidence-based best practices in the ICU, Advanced ICU Care works with the hospital’s staff to give patients the highest level of care available in the ICU today, resulting in measurable improvements in mortality rates, lower length of stay, and fewer complications.

Advanced ICU Care

Advanced ICU Care offers comprehensive tele-ICU programs and consulting services, with a proven track record of improving the clinical, financial and operational performance of its hospital partners. As the nation’s largest independent tele-ICU provider, Advanced ICU Care has successfully implemented and managed more programs than any other organization. Our best-of-breed programs combine experienced intensivist-led care teams, sophisticated telemedicine technology and a rigorous focus on evidence-based best practices to improve patient care and safety. Our consulting team brings insights gained from decades of nationally recognized ICU leadership and expertise in both bedside ICU and tele-ICU environments. For more information, visit www.icumedicine.com.



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