The Emergence of Telenursing & Inside Scoop on TeleICU

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by Brian Neese

Telenursing uses technology to interact with and monitor patients remotely. In this way, nursing care is provided at a distance. There are many benefits to telenursing including filling gaps in the availability of health services for rural patients, convenience and avoiding travel, and cost savings.

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“Telehealth nursing is practiced in the home, health care clinic, doctor’s office, prisons, hospitals, telehealth nursing call centers and mobile units,” the ATA says. “Telephone triage, remote monitoring and home care are the fastest growing applications.”

Growth in telehealth has led to several telenursing practice areas:

  • TeleICU
  • Teletriage
  • Teletrauma
  • Telestroke
  • Telepediatrics
  • Telemental health
  • Telecardiology
  • Telehomecare
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Forensic telenursing

An example of telehealth transforming health care has been in the ICU.
“Although the role of the bedside care-giver can never be replaced or
diminished, it can certainly be augmented, enhanced, and facilitated,”
Critical Care Nurse [2] says. “The key to the long-term success is the
continued consistent collaboration between the bedside team and the
tele-ICU nurses, which can transform how critical care nursing is
practiced.”

How does teleICU nursing help patients?

TeleICU has improved outcomes for critically ill patients by reducing
ICU mortality, shortening stays in the ICU and in the hospital,
increasing compliance with evidence-based best practices, improving
outcomes for cardiopulmonary arrest patients and decreasing costs for
patient care. ICU nurses use audio and video technology to assess and
monitor patients at the patient’s bedside. At the click of a mouse,
nurses have access to medical records, diagnostic images and laboratory
results, as well as standard monitoring such as electrocardiography and
hemodynamic values.

What are the major responsibilities for the teleICU nurse?

Major responsibilities for the teleICU nurse include making rounds via
the camera and assessing all patients. The nurse will assess the
patient’s physical appearance by video, check equipment for safety,
verify infusions and verbally interact with the patient, the patient’s
family and staff. The nurse also acts as a resource for the bedside
nurse, quickly retrieving vital pieces of information and data, and
drafting detailed admission notes when a patient arrives in the unit to
keep complete information about the patient available.

Read More: Transforming Health Care: The Emergence of Telenursing

Author’s Bio: Brian has been writing about online education for more than seven years, with specialties in health care, business and education. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, movies and spending time with family and friends.

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