Virtual care comes to New Ulm Medical Center birth center

[New Ulm Journal, October 31, 2019] Nurses, respiratory therapists and pediatricians at New Ulm Medical Center’s birth center raced to restore the breathing of an infant born prematurely Tuesday as doctors and specialists watched from the Twin Cities via a virtual care cart.

Neonatologists and nurse practitioners from Children’s Minnesota watched and provided insight as a breathing tube was inserted into the rubber throat of an infant mannequin.

This medical emergency was just a simulation, as medical professionals at NUMC familiarized themselves with the birth center’s virtual care cart that’s a part of the clinic’s expanding telehealth program. Read the full story online at

health simulation practice on a baby mannequin

Nurses, respiratory therapists and pediatricians at New Ulm Medical Center perform a tracheal intubation on an infant mannequin during a familiarization simulation for the clinic’s virtual care cart that allows medical staff to communicate with each other in real time via an audio-visual platform. Dr. Mark Bergeron, a neonatologist at Children’s Minnesota, and Lori Bishotski, a neonatal nurse practitioner, watch from the virtual care cart while they are in the Twin Cities.

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