New program keeping an eye on ill patients


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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — It’s a high-tech way to keep an eye on critically ill patients and it’s happening at six Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospitals.

The Enhanced Critical Care Program is designed to improve the welfare of patients, and make hospital stays shorter.

It offers 24/7 remote monitoring of the sickest patients including at Albert Lea

Nurses and staff members are then linked in to those at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

“It actually helps us out with length of stays with our patients, keeping our patients within the community healthcare,” Nurse Manager Melissa Bertelson said. “Giving them a higher level of care right back at home.”

The technology was installed last month in Albert Lea.

It is offered at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin, Fairmont and Mankato in Minnesota and in Eau Claire and La Crosse in Wisconsin.

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