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Updated: 09/09/2013 5:37 PM
Created: 09/06/2013 4:37 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Critically Ill Patients Benefit from New Mayo Clinic Program

Mayo Clinic says critically ill patients are benefiting from a new program designed to improve care and shorten their hospital stay.
     
Mayo Enhanced Critical Care Program will offer 24/7 remote monitoring of the sickest patients. The program is available at four Mayo Clinic Health System Hospitals in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin.
     
Patients will still receive care from the local care team, but physicians and nurses in Rochester will monitor vital signs.

Video cameras will allow staff in Rochester to communicate with patients, their families and the care team.

A University of Massachusetts study found a 20 percent reduction in deaths and a 32 percent reduction in the length of patients' hospital stays when systems like this were in place.


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