ICU goes high tech



BAR HARBOR — Technology is providing physicians and nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital with an expanded team to draw on when caring for the sickest patients in the intensive care unit.

The Virtual ICU or eICU connects patients at MDI Hospital with specialist intensive care physicians and nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center via a high definition video and data connection.

“The virtual ICU is basically an added level of care for ICU patients using software and other electronic technology,” according to registered nurse Tom Mockus, MDI Hospital’s director of medical and rehabilitative services. “The team approach to care benefits our patients and staff.”

Physician Edward Gilmore, who created the critical care program at MDI Hospital more than 30 years ago, says the connection with specialist nurses and physicians provides instant access to colleague consultations. “It is helpful for doctors to talk with other doctors,” Dr. Gilmore said, “Any of our ICU staff can talk with a specialist who already has information on the patient from day one, 24 hours a day.”

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