Penn E-lert eICU
Penn E-lert eICU® is a state-of-the-art electronic intensive care unit that provides an additional layer of expert medical and nursing support for critically ill patients located at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition, Penn E-lert eICU® also monitors several long-term acute care (LTACH) patients at the Good Shepherd Penn Partners Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse.
Penn E-lert eICU® is staffed by Penn faculty intensivists (physicians who specialize in the treatment of critically ill patients) from the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Surgery, as well as experienced critical care nurses. Our primary objective is to:
- Continuously evaluate critically ill patients in our ICU's
- Proactively identify impending or evolving patient problems
- Assist in or direct management
Computers, cameras, and audio monitors transmit data taken at the bedside to a control center, known as the eICU. Penn E-lert eICU® takes a proactive approach to patient care with its ability to note subtle changes, track trends and issue alerts when vital signs, such as blood pressure, drop below normal levels.
The benefits of using the Penn E-lert eICU® system include:
- Continuous monitoring, which helps avoid complications
- Shorter hospital stays
- Improved patient outcomes
This equipment is not a replacement for traditional care, but a supplement that enhances its quality and efficiency. Currently, the Penn E-lert eICU® monitors 67 ICU and 7 LTACH beds across the health system and approximately 4500 patients per year.