Steward ICU command center virtual healing

The ICU has gone virtual at Steward Health Care System.

The hospital operator monitors Intensive Care Units across Massachusetts — including those at “dedicated care centers” for coronavirus patients at Carney and Morton Hospitals — from their Westwood eICU.

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: Critical care staff nurse Valerie Vittoriso monitors intensive care unit patients from the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: Critical care staff nurse Kathryn Rochon monitors intensive care unit patients from the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: Nurse Katherine Doyle, clinical director of the Steward eICU Program, and Dr. Armin Ernst, president of Steward Healthcare International, review monitors with vital signs of intensive care unit patients from the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: Critical care staff nurse Kathryn Rochon monitors intensive care unit patients from the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: An image of an ICU bed is seen on a monitor at the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • WESTWOOD, MA – APRIL 7: Critical care staff nurse Mary Doane monitors intensive care unit patients from the Steward eICU Program on April 7, 2020 in Westwood, Massachusetts. Physicians and nurses are able to monitor Steward’s ICUs remotely to help on-site healthcare workers to provide care for patients. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

The eICU Program has reduced mortality by 20% and length of stay by 10% since the program began in 2012, said Steward spokesperson Nick Puleo.

With approximately two-thirds of Steward’s ICU patients currently testing positive for the coronavirus, the nurses and physicians are able to alert healthcare workers on the floor when issues arise.

“This provides our critical care nurses, as well as our critical care doctors, access to be a resource and to help to manage and to care for these patients,” said Michelle Kap, Steward’s vice president of clinical operations.

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