Virtual ICU Surveillance – Providing a new dimension for Critical Care
Research has shown that when ICU patients are provided with a single standard of care 24/7, by a high-intensity staffed multi-disciplinary care team, in which treatment decisions are cohesively managed under the guidance of a certified intensivist, those patients experience reductions in length-of-stay (LOS) and healthcare-associated infections (HAI)1 as well as 40% decreases in ICU mortality.2,3
An improved life expectancy, a larger aging population, and overall improvements in the delivery of healthcare has driven the demand for critical care services with steep increase in ICU admissions.
- Over 5.7 Million patients being admitted annually to ICU in the US4; patients aged 85 and older growing at 25% every two years
- By 2020, there will be about 77 million older people in the US5
- With roughly 7000 certified Intensivists available to cater this demand the shortfall of intensivists will equal 22% of demand by 2020 and 25% by 20256
Similar shortfalls also exist for critical care nurses. Clearly, the current direct staffing model of ICU care delivery is not sustainable to meet these challenges. There is an urgent need to bring a new dimension to the critical care for delivering outstanding care and improving patient outcomes.