Advanced intensive care unit (AICU)
The AICU is an off-site monitoring center staffed by a team of intensivists (doctors with expertise in intensive care medicine) and experienced intensive care nurses. Each night, they monitor all LVHN intensive care patients as an extra umbrella of care. This team views and interacts with data that automatically enters into each patient’s electronic medical record. Changes in this information, such as fluctuations to blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc., can indicate a situation that requires immediate attention. The AICU staff can quickly alert the patient’s ICU team to address problems at an early stage. Interactive two-way audio and video links in each intensive care room allow the AICU staff to confer and work with the bedside ICU staff. The video and audio links also allow the AICU staff an opportunity to securely interact with patients and family members.
- Since Sept. 21, 2004, more than 85,000 patients have benefited from AICU care.
- LVHN’s AICU showed a significant reduction in mortality (31 percent relative mortality risk reduction) and a significant decrease in the use of mechanical ventilation (Archives of Internal Medicine, April 12, 2010, McCambridge, et. al).