Plainview Hospital now has full-time, critical-care coverage in its intensive care unit (ICU).
Previously, the ICU was staffed overnight with critical care physician assistants with voluntary physicians available during the day. Recent changes mean that critical care physicians at Plainview Hospital will remain in the ICU throughout the day. The result is full-time coverage,
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Having critical care specialists always at the bedside is advantageous for both patients and their loved ones,” said Alan Mensch, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs at Plainview Hospital. “We are pleased to make these additions, which will ensure the optimal level of care for patients in our ICU.”
In addition to these intensivists, Plainview Hospital will also utilize North Shore-LIJ Health System’s eICU program this year. This program will provide an additional level of oversight. The eICU program employs critical care physicians and medical staff who remotely monitor patients 24/7. With this program, subtle changes in patients’ vital signs and conditions will be promptly recognized and immediately treated.