Baptist Health Corbin: Telemedicine for Intensive Care
Pulmonologist Sandeep Sharma, MD, describes how specialists use telemedicine to monitor patients around the clock, alerting bedside caregivers if a patient’s vital signs change.
Telemedicine for Intensive Care Health Talks Transcript
Sandeep Sharma, MD, Pulmonology
Tele-ICU includes physicians like pulmonary and critical care, and the whole team is monitoring our patients 24/7, 365 days, through these cameras and through their software. If there are any vital disturbances, then they dial into the room, and they look at the patient’s current vitals, what’s the patient’s status, they look at the ventilator setting if the patient is on a ventilator. They are EKG monitoring. If certain intervention is needed, they intervene at that time by interacting with the nurses, the respiratory therapist and, if required, physicians like hospitalists or cardiologists or a surgeon. There is a fatigue factor associated with all of the physicians, especially we have a very high burnout rate with intensivists. Personally, I have felt as a physician, I can be on call 10 days in a month and when I’m not available, the advanced ICU care picked up on things and has made a difference in the patient’s outcome. They have been shown to decrease the mortality rate from 15 to 20 percent. We at Corbin are first in our community to introduce this kind of medicine. This is all to help our community get patients better and give them back to their loved ones.