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Objective 4: Tele-ICU

Hospitals throughout South Carolina will soon have access to Critical Care services at the Medical University of South Carolina, including protocols, quality improvement, continuing education, and real-time monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU)patients by intensivist physicians. This program is made possible in part by a $12 million grant from the state of South Carolina and a $1.4 million grant from the Duke Endowment. The 24/7 intensivist oversight of patients in partner hospitals will be implemented through a partnership between Advanced ICU Care® and MUSC. This first-of-its-kind partnership between the nation’s largest tele-ICU services provider and a tertiary care medical center will leverage the unique strengths of both organizations.

What

Tele-ICU initiatives are improving care for the sickest patients throughout the country, but these programs are often too expensive for many of our regional medical centers.  Hospitals throughout South Carolina will soon have access to Critical Care services at the Medical University of South Carolina, including protocols, quality improvement, continuing education, and real-time monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients by intensivist physicians. The 24/7 intensivist oversight of patients in partner hospitals will be implemented through a partnership between Advanced ICU Care® and MUSC. Patients’ vital signs will be electronically monitored, and computer algorithms will detect changes that could signal that a patient is becoming dangerously ill. MUSC is also offering multidisciplinary collaboration by extending the expertise of our nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care professionals, adding a layer of resources and quality of care that is typically only available in larger centers.

Why

ICU care, when applied comprehensively, decreases ICU length of stay and overall cost of care by improving early detection of worsening disease.  This initiative will complement the other hospital-based efforts by allowing more patients to remain in their regional center and still receive the highest level of needed care.

How State-Appropriated Funds Will Be Utilized

  • Capital expenses will be covered to allow regional centers to have access to tele-ICU monitoring that has previously been too expensive.

What to Expect and What Will Be Measured

increasePatient retention at regional hospitals

 

decreaseLength of ICU stays for patients

 

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