Mangaluru, December 22: For the first time in Karnataka, a remote monitoring facility was implemented in an intensive care unit (ICU) in a hospital using technology in an effort to improve monitoring and critical care service for critical patients in the intensive care units.
B Ramanath Rai- Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology on Sunday formally inaugurated a critical care technology called ‘Intel eICU’ at SCS Hospital located at Bendoor, Mangaluru.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Dr Jeevanraj Sorake were present on the occasion among others.
Surya Narayanan, General Manager- Philips Healthcare, informed about the technology at a press conference earlier, said that the IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) had been designed as a solution to monitor multiple intensive care units from a central command centre that may be located in another city.
Briefing, he said, a team of trained intensivists will oversee and monitor the condition of critical patients in the ICU at SCS Hospital, Mangaluru round-the-clock from a command centre through a high-resolution camera installed near the beds of critical patients, he said, adding that it was possible to detect critical conditions in patients and render them emergency care and treatment by monitoring them through the high-resolution camera, in the absence of an intensivist at the hospital, he said.
He informed that, the Intel eICU implemented in the intensive care unit at SCS Hospital will be monitored from a command centre located in Chennai.
He also revealed that, along with this remote monitoring facility, the complete information and vital signs of critical patients will also be made available to their concerned doctors on their electronic mobile devices through a dedicated installed mobile application.
Mr Narayanan informed that, currently, there are 1,000 beds in the country being monitored using technology supplied by Philips Healthcare. There are three command centres in the country where trained and certified intensivists monitor critical patients.
Dr Jeevanraj Sorake Chairman and MD of SCS Hospitals Pvt Ltd said that the technology would help in the case of a cardiac arrest in a critical patient or when critical patients required high quality clinical observation and care. He revealed that, there were currently two such monitoring devices at SCS Hospital, Mangaluru.