The remote monitoring facility has also helped reduce the number of sepsis cases, a major problem among U.S. hospitals, as well as the amount of time patients spend on ventilators, Shaffer said. "It's not unusual for patients with sepsis to present at night when there are few physicians around," he said.
Dufault said that even if he had been taken directly to a state-of-the-art hospital in a major city, he'd still want it to have an eICU.
"If someone has a heart attack on the 24th floor, by the time you get them down to the 17th floor where they can be treated, they're gone," he said. "It was instrumental in me having lived my second life. I don't know how else to praise it."
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