“Where the New York hospital on a normal day might see a dozen ICU patients, there were now four times as many on ventilators. Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals with little experience in an intensive care setting were being rushed to the ICU to handle the overflow of patients. “
“And they needed help in an area with which they were unfamiliar.”
“‘Most of us couldn’t travel there physically, and so we had to come up with a way to help out without actually being there physically,’ said Dr. Sean Caples, a Mayo Clinic critical care physician and an upstate New York native involved in the cross-country alliance.”
“Over the next several weeks, as many as 60 Mayo intensive care staff would offer their expertise and assistance to the New York hospital nearly 1,200 miles away through tele-ICU capabilities. “
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