Saving Lives after Surviving the ICU

The Primary goal of the Mayo Clinic ICU Recovery Program (MCIRP) is to improve recovery and level of functioning for patients surviving critical illness and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The program includes educational initiatives, support groups, an outpatient follow-up clinic, telehealth remote patient monitoring, and a virtual clinic. A comprehensive project plan included several initiatives to create the global gold standard for post-ICU care.

Post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) describes new health problems that happen after a serious illness and time in the ICU. This is comprised of impaired cognition, psycho-social health and physical function. When Mayo Clinic clinicians had a vision for the Mayo Clinic ICU Recovery Program, ME&C worked to execute and stretch the vision from inpatient and outpatient care to telehealth and cutting edge innovations to meet the needs of patients, care takers and consumers.
In partnership with Critical Care and Pulmonology, the ME&C Health Systems Engineer worked with the multidisciplinary team to secure innovation funding, establish an outpatient clinic and care team model and institute multiple, telehealth models for ICU survivors. Assisting the Center for Connected Care, ME&C developed workflows and escalation pathways for remote patient monitoring, interactive care plans, and a new, virtual clinic model within weeks.
The overall MCIRP program has positioned Mayo Clinic as a global leader in ICU survivorship care. The program will be a gold standard, leveraging the Mayo Clinic care team model, multiple telemedicine modalities and a cutting edge research study for COVID-19 ICU survivors. The team met an extremely aggressive project schedule to complete a concept/vision to gold standard practice within six months.