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Enhanced Care in Intensive Care Unit

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Critically ill patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato now have another level of care by Physicians.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato now offers critically ill patients more care than ever before.

Keeping another watchful eye on patients when they need it most.

ICU Patient Care manager, Angie Stransky says, "This is something that is definitely newer and very exciting to definitely be on the forefront of it."

It's called the Enhanced Critical Care program.

Consisting of a camera and monitor in the patient's room. Along with another physician or nurse at a push of a button.

But here's the thing, Sarah's 80 miles away in Rochester.

Constantly monitoring conditions of ICU patients.

Registered nurse Sarah Rudnicki says, "We're looking at them more at a bigger perspective and looking at trends in their vital signs. Looking at things that might say hey, something's happening and then we can call into the different facilities and say hey I've noticed this, have you noticed it as well and have you done anything about it?"

Stransky says, "The nurses use this system and they round with the staff over in Rochester and throughout the day the nurses can go in at any time."

Pushing a button to activate the program to ask another nurse a question or a second opinion 24–7.

To give the best possible care to patients at no additional cost.

Stransky says, "As we're embracing technology and changes at first I think it was a little bit different but now that the patients are seeing that we're giving here at the bedside, it's only enhancing it. It's really seen that we're partnering with Rochester and that we're really using all of our resources to our full potential.

A resource that is only available at about ten percent of Intensive Care Unit beds in the country.

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a 20 percent reduction in intensive care deaths and a thirty–two percent decrease in stays at ICUs using the program.