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Advanced intensive care unit (AICU)

Telehealth AICUAmong our most studied and talked about TeleMedicine services is the Advanced Intensive Care Unit, also known as the AICU. At an off-site location, three critical care nurses and an intensivist (a physician board-certified in intensive care medicine) monitor the care of more than 100 patients each night. These patients are located in six ICUs at two of our hospitals. Matt McCambridge, MD, an intensivist, explains some of the processes that make the AICU work and the outcomes achieved from this level of care.

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.

Dennis RomeroLehigh Valley Health Network’s advanced ICU provides an umbrella of extra care for intensive care patients each night. The wife of one of our former patients discusses seeing the advanced ICU in action.

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