In middle of Critical Care Course for new hospital and they mentioned this is area that will grow. Its experienced ICU nurses who work from remote location to ensure patient safety by looking over lab values and physical presentation via the monitor. I would love to get into this but quick search on google did not result in much for my area (New Jersey/Philadelphia). Anyone dabble in this area yet?
Apr 9, '13
My hospital has eICU. I don't work in the eICU, but I dowork in one of the ICU's. We are part of a Health System in which there are 6hospitals. All ICU's in the system are linked to the eICU. All ICU rooms have acamera so they can see the patient (and anything in the room) and a videoscreen (so we can see them). Obviously the camera isn't on all the time, justwhen they are looking in
Our eICU is located at our biggest level 1 trauma hospital.Our eICU is always staffed with critical care nurses 24/7. Then we havecritical care MD's who are there for 18hrs out of the day. They break up allthe ICU's in the system and each eICU RN has a couple ICU's they are responsiblefor.
They "camera" in on each patient every so oftendepending on the patient's acuity level or when ever they get an alarm. Or they"camera" in if we push the button. We use our eICU a lot. We call thefor anything and everything. Got a question about some procedure you are not familiarwith... they will help you. Something not right with your pt and you just can'tput your finger on it, push the eICU button. Pt codes... push the eICU button.Need help navigating through the sepsis protocol or any protocol they arethere. Needs orders on a pt when you can't get in contact with on call MD, theyare there. If they are doing their rounds and notice your pt is about to climbout of bed they call and let you know. You get the idea.
The only problem we really have is... balancing the actbetween letting the MD at the hospital handle it or the critical care MD at the eICU handleit. It can be little tricky sometimes with certain MD's. Maybe once I have alot more experience and feeling "too old" for bedside nursing butwanting to stay in critical care will I think about becoming an eICU RN.
Hope that helps.
Last edit by PoetInAHat! on Apr 9, '13
: Reason: spelling