Remote IT Allows Doctors to Care for ICU Patients from a Distance

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When Leo Dufault had what should have been a fatal heart attack almost three years ago, it was an alert bystander who knew CPR that kept him alive. But once he was at a community hospital, it was a critical care physician — who was 25 miles away — who saved his life through a remote IT system.

The electronic intensive care unit, or eICU, where Dr. James Shaffer was located allowed him to remotely instruct and watch emergency room physicians as they put Dufault into a coma using therapeutic hypothermia to lower his brain’s temperature to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce damage from loss of oxygen.

“This isn’t a guy who fell down and bumped his head. He was dead, Continue reading