WRMC Adds E-ICU Monitoring System

 

White River Medical Center (WRMC) has recently partnered with Baptist Health eICU care to give patients an additional team of critical care specialists who will watch over them 24/7.  

eICU, or electronic intensive care unit, is a two-way monitoring system that, through the push of a button, allows physicians and nurses at WRMC’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to be instantly joined at their patient’s bedside by Baptist Health’s control center in Little Rock. The eICU care team includes physicians and nurses specialized in critical care who aide in reducing the number of serious complications by prompting earlier interventions.

The two-way video and “cockpit-like sensors” of this advanced telemedicine technology enables the eICU care staff to detect even the slightest change in the patient’s condition and communicate more effectively with the bedside team to reduce the time between problem identification and intervention.

“This state-of-the-art technology gives our ICU staff an extra set of eyes and ears,” said Jamie Nguyen, ICU Nurse Manager. “With it, we can enhance the overall care we provide to our ICU patients.”

Staffed round-the-clock, every day of the year, the Baptist Health eICU care command center and its staff help rural hospitals like WRMC provide state-of-the-art intensive care to its sickest patients.

WRMC currently has two eICU units.

Hospitals across the country using eICU technology with critical care specialists have seen reductions in complications, reductions in mortality, and better outcomes for patients.

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.