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As school nurses disappear, telemedicine fills in gaps

from MedCity News

With school nurses becoming a vanishing breed, virtual nursing care via telemedicine is proving itself to be a viable alternative for cash-strapped school districts. Attendees of the 2016 American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Minneapolis got some evidence of this, courtesy of a case study in South Dakota. There, state regulations did not allow nurses to delegate insulin administration to unlicensed individuals, so children with Type 1 diabetes in Sioux Falls public schools without a dedicated nurse had to be driven to an area nursing home to get their needed medication. more


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