We have heard about ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and CCU (Critical Care Unit). But what is this Tele-ICU? This blog is an effort to delve deep into what Tele ICU is all about and how it works.
A critical care team that is remotely based will work simultaneously with an ICU team that is working on a patient on a major complication or a critical condition. The communication between both the teams is through state-of-the-art visual and audio communication aids and computer systems. This is the world of tele ICU…the latest technique that is making giant leaps in the intensive and critical care arenas, helping solve complex cases with alacrity.
It is all about establishing constant communication and finding opportunities for sharing successful outcomes that has paved the way for robust collaborative efforts between the bedside medical team and the tele ICU team.
How Tele ICU Works?
When we look into how it works, it is an offsite command center where the intensivits as well as the critical care nurses (who comprise the critical care team) are exchanging information related to health electronically. Will it work in the long run? Well, for the kind of ripples it has created it is going to stay here. Is it cost effective? This definitely is a dubious question to be answered as it is quite commonsensical to understand. When intensive care unit bills themselves are whopping, how can the expertise from a critical care team be cost effective? The entire procedure would definitely entail huge costs but if the gravity of the health condition demands it, there are always going to be takers for the same.
All said and done tele ICU appears to an extremely promising path for at least a few countries/cities where medicine has made a huge progress. But for countries where they are still lagging behind, it would take some more time to make its mark felt.
The demand for the same would skyrocket with the dearth that the sector would face in the intensivists segment. With aging population, their demand would only multiply exponentially. To put things in a nutshell,
- Tele ICU intensivits offer their real-time services, regardless of location, to multiple care centers.
- The tele ICU team too requires complete access to all the data related to the patient, like the bedside team.
- This method is truly capable of offering real time monitoring to the patients in terms of their abnormality or instability in the laboratory settings, ordering diagnostic tests, ordering treatment, making diagnoses, implementing interventions with the help of life supporting devices.
The field holds a lot of promise in upping the quality quotient in the critical care segment.