Virtual ICUs let hospitals monitor patients remotely

Richard Gilbert looks up at a TV screen and an eICU screen in his hospital room. (Michael Tomsic/WFAE)

Richard Gilbert looks up at a TV screen and an eICU screen in his hospital room.
(Michael Tomsic/WFAE)

wfae logoBy MICHAEL TOMSIC
WFAE

Some hospital systems are using a sort of virtual command center to monitor their sickest patients from dozens or even hundreds of miles away. Virtual intensive care units, also called eICUs, are a way to bring the expertise of a major medical center to remote hospitals in rural areas.

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In the intensive care unit at a small hospital in Lincolnton, Richard Gilbert thought he had two TVs in his room. The screens both look down at his hospital bed. Continue Reading

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Head-shaving event Sat. benefits cancer research charity

St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money to research childhood cancer. Click to learn more on the foundation's website.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money to research childhood cancer. Click to learn more on the foundation’s website.

Volunteers will shave their heads in solidarity with children suffering from cancer at Millstone Bake House & Provisions in downtown Davidson from 10am-3pm April 11. The proceeds from the event will go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds research into cures for cancer. Continue Reading

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Tarte, other senators seek limits on vaccine exemptions

Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte

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WFAE-FM

wfae logoState Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius) and two fellow¬†senators filed a bill Thursday to make it tougher for parents to avoid vaccinating their children. The bill would eliminate North Carolina’s religious exemption for vaccines. Continue Reading

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Lecture looks at research on bacteria in your gut

Karen Preston

Karen Preston

Davidson Parks & Recreation hosts part two of the ongoing series “Soil to Soul: Blooming Health” on “What Should You Know About Gut Flora?” on Thursday, March 12, 2014 from 7 to 8pm, at the Davidson Town Hall board room. The lecture is presented by Karen Preston, Nurse Practitioner and Functional Medicine Practitioner for Davidson Family Medicine. Continue Reading

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