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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;24(3):491-500. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

Telemedicine in the intensive care unit.

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  • 1Clinical Informatics, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Centura Health System, 7700 South Broadway, Littleton, CO 80122, USA.


It is estimated if each hospital implemented intensivist physician staffing, approximately 55,000 lives and $4.3 billion dollars could be saved in the United States. However, there is a limited supply of new critical care specialists as teaching hospitals have decreased the size of critical care programs for financial reasons. Tele-ICU can be used to provide coverage in facilities that cannot support a full-time specialist in critical care medicine and as an adjunct to facilities without 24-hour intensivist coverage. This article discusses the benefits and challenges of tele-ICU and its implications for nursing practice.

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