INCORPORATING NURSES WITH TeleICU PROGRAMS
Accessibility is the key word for Telemedicine models developed for ICU (Intensive Care Unit) managements. It provides remote access for diagnosis and treatment for patients who may otherwise be capable of a personal visit. However, with the decreasing number of healthcare professionals, nurses have been incorporated into the TeleICU managements whereas before, it only employed physicians.
The question remains – just how can nurses become active participants in this management?
The AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) released a 26-page document that serves as an upgrade of its last released document in 2013. The updated version now contains extensive instructions in the involvement of nurses in coordinating and delivering care to its patients from afar.
Early designs of the teleICU concepts only revolves around physician’s model of care, but today, because of some pressing issues, innovative notions are made through employing a collaborative model of care that combines nurses, physicians, information technology and administrative support personnel in one.
In an article, Pat Herr, Clinical Integration Director of eCARE ICU at Avera Health stated, “TeleICUs continue to evolve to meet the needs of patients and health systems…New technology options and new partnership models are available and nurse leaders play an important part in using these tools to improve patient care.”
Nurses are truly critical in filling in the gaps of TeleICU, because they offer increased patient care and guided assistance to the physicians. Thus, optimizing positive patient outcomes form TeleICU. Technological advancement was bound to bring evolution in health care services to carry services at a large distance efficiently and effectively. Nurses and Physicians alike ought to be at the forefront of elevating this management.
Under the aforementioned document three recommendations were cited for health systems and clinicians involved in teleICU care:
- They should “establish and sustain a work environment that endorses effective communication, collaboration and collegiality to force expertise and guarantee optimal outcomes for patients and families;”
- They should “develop and demonstrate proficiency in specific knowledge, skills, and competencies to contribute optimally to patient outcomes and nursing practice;” and
- They should “support and participate in conducting research, implementing best evidence and measuring and analyzing outcomes to ensure optimal quality and safety in patient care and teleICU nurses’ contribution to care.”
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports the ongoing development in the field of teleICU.
The institute in partnership with other health organization believes that through continued research collaborations, we can achieve greater patient outcomes, in terms of optimal quality and safety.
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