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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –New equipment is helping a south Georgia hospital better care for patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

Officials at Tift Regional medical center recently installed Electronic ICU monitoring systems in each room of their ICU.

Now doctors and nurses have an extra set of eyes on all of their ICU patients 24 hours a day and these professionals are monitoring from hundreds of miles away.

In the Intensive Care unit every moment counts, "You can save a life in just a few minutes," said Dr.William Guest, Chief Medical Officer of Intensive Care at Tift Regional.

Doctors and nurses at Tift Regional always keep a close eye on patients in the ICU, but now they have a hi-tech way to monitor every single ICU patients twenty four hours a day.

It's called Electronic ICU, and it doesn't replace the doctors and nurses, it just adds on an additional layer of protection. "It is access to a critical care physician 24 hours a day using newer technology," said Guest.

Critical care doctors, and nurses in St. Louis Missouri are constantly monitoring ICU patients in Tifton and have access to everything doctors have access to, "The Advanced ICU Care has access to the patients chart, the x-rays and the laboratory tests," said Guest.

Just as a doctor knocks on the door before he enters the room, E-ICU rings a doorbell before turning on. In an emergency situation, the high-tech camera turns on and a doctor appears on the screen.

Or if a patient is waiting for their doctor, who may be minutes away, this system can provide specialized care based on a patients history. "They can enter the room electronically and guide the nurses and therapists until their physician can arrive, " said Guest.

And don't let the small camera fool you, it can pick up details difficult to see with the human eye. "The lens in the camera is so specific that it can see if a patients pupils react or not," said Guest.

It can also help relieve physicians, "We are not waking up our staff at night when they need to be up the next day doing surgeries," said Guest.

Doctors are hopeful this system will help intervene and possibly even save lives.

Studies have shown this type of program enhances patient safety and shortens hospital stays.

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