A Constant Vigilance

August 26, 2010

Bill Zamboni spends his days pacing the floor of Mercy’s Intensive Care Unit, where his 49-year-old son lingers somewhere between life and death. Zamboni is left with only his prayers, and a crack team of physicians and nurses who meticulously monitor Christopher Zamboni’s every move.

The elder Zamboni finds additional peace in knowing highly specialized physicians and nurses also maintain a 24-hour vigilance of his son 500 miles away in St. Louis, Missouri.

They do so thanks to Mercy’s electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU), a system which allows support doctors and nurses to zoom in on a patient via high-definition cameras mounted in each ICU room. A veteran team of experts staff the eICU headquarters at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and can simultaneously monitor more than 400 patients across a four-state region.

In doing so, they add invaluable, real-time support to on-site physicians and nurses.

“The people here at Mercy have been nothing short of wonderful,” said Bill Zamboni, whose son has been battling for his life ever since physicians discovered a hole in his colon after a serious diabetic episode.

“I just like knowing someone is watching Chris at every moment. That gives me peace of mind.”

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