Friday, August 06, 2004

Remote Monitoring....
Looks like the folks on the other side of the blood-brain barrier have a new toy. From CBS: Goggles Give Docs All-Seeing Power:
Patients and their crises come and go non-stop at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

So anesthesiologist Paul St. Jacques somehow has to keep up with four operating rooms at once -- good thing he can see through walls.

Anesthesiologists here routinely are responsible for four operating rooms at once.

Only now, as CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, St. Jacques literally can keep an eye on all of them at the same time.

Attached to his goggles is a tiny screen, about the size of a fingernail, and there's a video-panel from each of the four on-going surgeries, real-time images of his patients and their vital signs.
The goggles also have the ability to access the surgical schedule and the hospital computer.
No comment on how the system has improved their crossword puzzle skills.
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