electronic intensive care unit
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electronic intensive care unit,
eICU, electronic ICU
A method of delivering care to critically ill patients in several remote hospitals by a staff of critical care specialists who work in a central supervisory location. Data on patients (including historical information, physical exam findings, hemodynamics, laboratory test results, and radiologic images) sent from the satellite hospitals are transmitted to and from the bedside to the supervisory staff, who select and adjust the drugs used for patient treatment, alter ventilator settings, and generate other care plans. Synonym: virtual intensive care unit