24/7 Intensive Care Unit Technology Comes to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Joe Kennard, RN, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Director of Inpatient Cardiology and of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Has a Conversation with an Intensivist and a RN at Advanced ICU Care®

This program continuously monitors real-time patient vital signs, medications, labs and clinical status to provide an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) has partnered with Advanced ICU Care®, the nation’s largest independent provider of advanced critical care telemedicine programs. Advanced ICU Care® works with a patient’s doctor to deliver monitoring by highly trained intensivist physicians and critical care specialists 24 hours a day, seven day a week. This service is now available in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Cardio Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).

“The Advanced ICU Care® team of intensivists work remotely around-the-clock complementing the care provided by the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills physicians,” said Gwen Alonso, RN, BSN, FHZ’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Patients in our ICUs are typically facing life-threating medical conditions. This program continuously monitors real-time patient vital signs, medications, labs and clinical status to provide an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety.”

Advanced ICU Care® has its own intensivists who are physicians specifically trained and credentialed to treat the critically ill. The Advanced ICU Care® team operates from another location with access to the most up-to-date patient data. Patients will continue to be cared for by their bedside physician at the hospital who works in collaboration with Advanced ICU Care® intensivists and critical care nurses. Should a situation arise that requires immediate medical attention, an electronic alert notifies the Advanced ICU Care® team who works with the hospital nursing staff to provide immediate medical care. Two-way video has been installed by every ICU bedside to enable face-to-face consultations with intensivists and FHZ’s critical care team members.    

“Advanced ICU Care® does not replace the care that one’s physician or our ICU staff provide,” Alonso said. “Rather, it offers peace of mind for the patient…

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