Hospital trust trials video monitoring of intensive care patients

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4358
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Video technology that allows doctors in one hospital to monitor critically ill patients in another is to be trialled in the United Kingdom.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will test a US system that is said to have relieved pressure on intensive care staff and improved some aspects of patient care.

Richard Beale, the trust’s clinical director of perioperative, critical care, and pain services, said the model could be rolled out more widely in the capital and elsewhere if successful.

“Many of the problems in US critical care are the same as here, and we think it’s worth exploring. …

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