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Enhanced Critical Care Program

What is Enhanced Critical Care?

Enhanced Critical Care is an electronic intensive care unit designed to improve care and shorten hospital stays. In addition to being cared for by local providers and nurses, patients benefit from telemedicine technology so that they can be monitored remotely by highly experienced intensivists, advanced care providers and critical care nurses who specialize in caring for patients with complex medical and surgical problems.

How it works

In-room computers, high-quality video cameras and audio monitors transmit vital signs, test results and imaging exams from the patients' bedsides to an operations center located in Rochester, Minnesota. There, a team of providers and nurses continuously watches for small trends that could mean potential problems for patients. When a change is detected, the team alerts local staff so they can address the situation. High-definition monitors and video cameras allow the Mayo Clinic Enhanced Critical Care staff to communicate with local staff, patients and their families.

Benefits of Enhanced Critical Care

Patients may experience one or more of the following program benefits:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Improved patient results
  • Fewer transfers to other facilities
  • High level of care close to home
  • Improved patient and family satisfaction
  • Reduced cost of care