Critical Care Clincal Synopsis
The Emory Critical Care Center (ECCC) was created to ensure the highest quality critical care for patients in intensive care units throughout the Emory Healthcare system, and to integrate patient/family-centered care with research, education, and training across the health sciences. The ECCC, staffed by physicians and practitioners from multiple disciplines, currently provides services at four of Emory Healthcare's six hospitals: Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH), and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH).
The ECCC is a leader in designing, testing, and implementing innovations in critical care. Examples include the 12-bed, state-of-the-art, specialty ICU suite for cardiothoracic and vascular patients at EUHM; the Big Data system being evaluated at the surgical ICU of EUH that could allow clinicians to acquire, analyze, and correlate patients' medical data at an unheard of volume and velocity; and the Emory Electronic ICU Center (eICU) at ESJH, which is wired to ICUs at ESJH, EUH, EUH Midtown, EJCH, and East Georgia Regional Medical Center by HIPAA-secure, bi-directional AV technology and digital connections that carry encrypted medical data. All hardware/software derived patient data from the partner ICUs routes to the eICU and its 24-7 monitoring personnel, who work closely with providers in the member ICUs as they treat patients.
In addition to the most advanced technical care services, the center partners with the Emory Palliative Care Center to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of critical illness, to support families through their loved one's illness, and to serve as the patient/family advocate when facing complicated decisions about the extent and goals of life-supporting treatments. The center recognizes that each patient/family unit is unique and always strives to meet their unique goals in the context of what is medically possible.