By Mercy's Courtney Landsberger
ADA, Okla. – Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency room (ER) at Mercy Hospital Ada now have an extra layer of protection through two revolutionary new programs. Mercy SafeWatch and telestroke bring care directly to patients – virtually.
With SafeWatch, patients are monitored by specially trained, critical care nurses and physicians through computers, in-room cameras and audio connections, allowing around-the-clock remote support. Mercy operates the largest single-hub electronic ICU in the world, employing hundreds of experienced critical care physicians and nurses who help double check everything from a patients’ blood pressure to vital signs and medications.
“SafeWatch is a program that even some large cities do not have access to,” says LaDonna McAlvain, ICU nurse manager at Mercy Hospital Ada. “Our patients are able to come here and receive care that they are unable to receive at other hospitals.”
Mercy Hospital Ada’s new telestroke program also brings that local connection. Within minutes of arriving at the ER, stroke patients will be seen by a Mercy neurologist in another city - or even another state - through a TV screen with two-way technology. From there, the neurologist can determine if the patient is having a stroke, as well as which medicine would be best to use.
“This is just one way that we can improve lives with rapid stroke care,” says Diana Elmore, emergency department nurse manager in Ada. “When someone is having a stroke, every second counts, and it is important that we treat patients immediately to limit brain damage and save lives.”
Both programs were implemented at Mercy Hospital Ada in December 2015. Mercy Hospital Ada is at 430 N. Monte Vista Street. To learn more, call 580-332-2323.