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Remote ‘eye in the sky’ keeping tabs on VA hospital patients

Published 03/10/2012, Star Tribune

Katie McQuillan was a little worried about her patient. She was afraid he might take a sudden — and possibly fatal — turn for the worse. McQuillan, an intensive care nurse, turned to a colleague at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. "There might be a nice way to go in the room, tell them he needs two grams of mag," she said. The only problem: The patient’s room was 250 miles away, in Des Moines. McQuillan, 30, is one of a team of doctors and nurses helping to transform the way the VA cares for patients in its intensive care units by tracking them remotely from a new Tele-ICU center in the Minneapolis hospital.

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