Telemedicine in Critical Care



Gastón Murias1, Bernat Sales2, Oscar Garcia-Esquirol3, Lluis Blanch*, 4
1 Intensive Care Units of Clínica Bazterrica and Clínica Santa Isabel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Institut Universitari Fundació Parc Taulí, Corporació Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Parc Taulí s/n, 08208, Sabadell, Spain
3 Critical Care Center, Hospital de Sabadell, Corporació Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Parc Taulí s/n, 08208, Sabadell, Spain
4 Critical Care Center, CIBER Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERes), Hospital de Sabadell, Corporació Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Parc Taulí s/n, 08208, Sabadell, Spain


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Abstract

Critical care medicine is the specialty that cares for patients with acute life-threatening illnesses where intensivists look after all aspects of patient care. Nevertheless, shortage of physicians and nurses, the relationship between high costs and economic restrictions, and the fact that critical care knowledge is only available at big hospitals puts the system on the edge. In this scenario, telemedicine might provide solutions to improve availability of critical care knowledge where the patient is located, improve relationship between attendants in different institutions and education material for future specialist training. Current information technologies and networking capabilities should be exploited to improve intensivist coverage, advanced alarm systems and to have large critical care databases of critical care signals.