EvergreenHealth’s Intensive Care Unit

The 2020 Virtual Gala proceeds will allow the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to continue to provide the best care for our sickest most fragile patients. In 2020 EvergreenHealth will relocate the ICU to our silver patient care tower. Funds raised at the Gala will provide advancing technology for patient focused, family-centered safe care to create the ICU of the future.


Impella Device

The world’s smallest heart pump.

Impella device is a temporary heart support device indicated for the treatment of ongoing cardiogenic shock in the setting of heart attack or weak heart muscle that is not responsive to conventional treatment. The intent of Impella system is to reduce the work of the heart and provide the circulatory support necessary to allow the heart to recover. The Impella keeps blood flowing through the heart by pumping blood from the ventricle into the aorta and the rest of the body during cardiogenic shock. This device has become commonplace within cardiac catheterization labs due to its efficacy and reduction in mortality among these high risk patients.

EvergreenHealth is the only hospital in Western Washington that provides STEMI services and does not currently have Impella. This device has the potential to save lives in cardiogenic shock, ultimately increasing survival after heart attack. In addition, this device will soon be considered standard of care for patients in cardiogenic shock.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) Machines

The 24-EEG machine allows for 24-hour remote surveillance of patients at risk for seizures.

An EEG is a test that detects abnormalities in your brain waves, or in the electrical activity of your brain. During the procedure, electrodes consisting of small metal discs with thin wires are pasted onto your scalp. The electrodes detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of your brain cells. The charges are amplified and appear as a graph on a computer screen, or as a recording that may be printed out on paper.

Currently ICU is only able to monitor for seizures using one-off machines that require a technician onsite. Often many patients who have smaller seizures have only minor indicators often undetectable. By providing 24- EEG monitoring, remote technicians can observe brain pattern behavior in at risk patients 24/hours day providing physicians an opportunity to act when minor seizures are occurring.


Interactive Whiteboards

Technology for increased patient safety, nurse efficacy and communication during their care.

Interactive whiteboards allow for increased, on-demand updates of health needs for patients, caregivers and nurses. Studies show that the US healthcare systems spend an average of $34 million dollars a year in patient injury related costs directly linked to poor communication strategies. Studies have also shown that 70% of medical errors occur due to communication breakdowns. Transferring to digital technology provides real-time, cutting edge, and cost effective communication tools for staff and patients to improve patient satisfaction.

On demand technology improves provider’s abilities to set reminders, complete more impactful rounds, and reduce transitional error between shifts. These customizable boards are made to fit the needs of providers, nurses, patients and their families in the ICU. Advancements have allowed for multilingual boards to increase patient and family understanding of their healthcare plan, and reduce communication barriers.



iPads & Tablets

Technology for increased patient satisfaction and stimulation during their care.

Psychosis or delirium is a temporary disorder in which patients in an intensive care unit or similar setting experience a variety of serious psychiatric symptoms. This can be caused by environmental and medical causes including: sleep deprivation, pain, medication side effects, stress and a lack of orientation. This cluster of psychiatric symptoms can cause increased anxiety, restlessness and agitation in patients. Delirium is now recognized to be a serious contributor to morbidity and mortality in the ICU impacting roughly 80% of all patients.

In an effort to improve overall patient health and care during their stay in the ICU, the department would like to purchase tablets and other electronic devices to provide mental stimulus to patients undergoing long-term stays to reduce the overall likelihood and impacts of delirium.

UV Machines

99.99% affective in killing germs.

UV light is a reliable, well-studied antimicrobial technology. It works primarily by destroying the DNA inside bacteria, viruses and fungi. The high-energy portion of the UV spectrum called UV-C is most effective. UV-C light has been used for decades to disinfect industrial surfaces and sanitize drinking water. It is especially advantageous for use in hospitals because it kills the spore-forming bacterium Clostridium Difficile, which is a major source of hospital-acquired infections.

The purchase of this device will allow for more timely infection control, utilizing a 15-minute cycle to kill bacteria, viruses and germs. This will allow for quicker patient room turnover, improved sterilization and increased patient experience.  



Clean Slate Device

Elevated UV sanitation.

Smartphone and tablet use within hospitals is rapidly growing.  Staff, patient and visitor devices all present the same challenge:  harboring bacteria that increases the risk of infection. UV-C light disrupts the DNA of pathogens, destroying their ability to function and to replicate.  This technology works by line of sight, so the light must reach a surface in order for bacteria or spores to be de-activated.  The device will work on a range of devices including cell phones, tablets, badges, and other non-critical devices.  CleanSlate UV allows healthcare facilities to sanitize smartphones, tablets and portable equipment quickly. It reduces the cross-contamination risk from these devices with a 30-second UV-C process.

GlideScope Core-15

The view is about to improve.

The Glidescope Core 15 delivers enhanced visibility for airways offering extended leadership in ICUS, ORs, Emergency Departments and bronchoscopy suites. With dual-view capability, Glidescope Core 15 enables views via a Glidescope video laryngoscope and a BFlex single-use bronchoscope simultaneously. The Glidescope Core 15 system is designed as an all-in-one visualization system around a 15” high-definition monitor with optimized capabilities and includes a comprehensive workstation designed for improved workflow for airways management and bronchoscopy procedures.



Sonosite Xporte Portable Ultrasound

The world’s first ultrasound kiosk.

This highly customizable ultrasound is the first ultrasound to offer on-board step-by-step coaching through an ultrasound exam, making ultrasound more accessible to those who aren’t formally trained in using ultrasound machines. The X-Porte comes in shared service configuration, including probes for Vascular, venous, breast, small parts, OB/GYN, Nerve, superficial, MSK, and abdominal. The X-Porte can also perform advanced cardiac studies. Sonosite X-porte makes use of beamforming technology which enhances image visualization. The technology improves the quality of images and contrast resolution. The ultrasound beams help achieve precision and minimize artifact clutter on images.  This enables providers to make sound decisions when it comes to diagnosing patients.



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