Swedish Health Partners with Kindred for Tele-ICU Program

Swedish Health Partners with Kindred for Tele-ICU Program


In February we went live with our Tele-ICU system, which is a partnership with Swedish. It’s a complete system in each
room with full audio-visual capability, where it’s a two-way communication
system. It’s been a great support to the nurses who are at the bedside caring for
our ICU patients. There’s a level of expertise provided by the core at
Swedish so at any time during the day or night, 24 hours a day, our staff are able
to tap into that expertise and resources and get their support advice from
those experts at the bedside. Having the Tele-ICU is like having someone in the
room all the time watching over. It’s an addition to the nurses we have on the
floor, an extra eye who monitors the patient’s vitals and everything about
the patients. It doesn’t replace any staff on the ground, the physicians, the
attending physician, all of our consulting physicians, our critical care
doc, infectious disease, pulmonology, they continue to round on the patient daily.
They’re directing, planning, providing the care, the whole team is still involved in
their care. We get them whenever we need the extra help that we need in the room
to consult us with what we need to do for the patients. It makes the the nurses
more confident. It’s been especially beneficial for our patients who
transition from the Swedish environment and we actually have a patient like that
in house right now who just came to us yesterday from them and that was a great
comfort to the family during the transitional period of knowing that that
the physicians who had been involved in this care there had referred, and now
will continue to follow through the Tele-ICU remotely and support the patient
in that way, and that was actually a big part of their decision
to come here. It’s an added layer of clinical expertise and really patient
safety that really makes a big difference to the actual care that the
patient is receiving because they have the benefit of a whole team and it’s all
available just at the push of a button.

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