Dr. Sean Caples doesn't claim to be the Wizard of Oz, but there are some striking similarities. Tucked away at Mayo Clinic's command center in downtown Rochester, Caples has pulled the strings at Mayo's enhanced-intensive care unit since its inception in 2013. Using video monitors and advanced technology, his specialized team monitors ICU patients from eight regional sites as a key part of Mayo's foray into telemedicine. While telemedicine once was viewed with some skepticism, the results at Mayo have been nothing short of, well, magical.
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Context: Enhanced Critical Care is an electronic intensive care unit designed to improve care and shorten hospital stays. Critically ill patients are monitored bedside by local physicians and nurses and remotely by specially trained critical care physicians and nurses at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. In-room computers, high quality video cameras and audio monitors transmit data including vital signs, test results and imaging exams from patients’ bedsides to an operations center. There, a team of physicians and nurses continuously reviews the information to watch for trends that could mean potential problems for patients. When a change is detected, the team alerts local staff so they can address the situation. Benefits of Enhanced Critical Care include early detection and treatment of problems, shorter hospital stays, improved patient results and reduced cost of care. The service is provided at no additional cost to patients. You can learn more about Enhanced Critical Care in this Mayo Clinic Radio Minute.