TeleHealth News


March 24, 2016





    Her name, I cannot recall, she, I will never forget.  She was a mother of three fatherless boys.  The boys were young, oldest only 6.  The hardship of life was very present on her young tired face.  Her genteel spirit and simple heart had been abused and she couldn’t understand why she was where she was.  Despite her depression, she was mothering her children well.  I was treating her for asthma.  She had an advanced and uncontrolled case of the disease.  One that required frequent visits to the ER, sometimes daily. 
    I was working at a very busy emergency room as part of my internship, one of the busiest in the city, state and perhaps the country.  She would sit there holding a nebulizer to her face, breathing an aerosolized bronchodilator mixer.  Watching her neighbors and locals come through the doors in all sorts of crisis added to her despair.  Often, her three young and active boys, played under her chair or nearby - being boys and causing havoc.  The strain of the disease and her inability to cope with it and the life she was leading was wasting her away rapidly.  I felt an incredible feeling of inadequacy, powerlessness and impotence.  But had no solution as did none of the other providers, caring for her.  One very hot, busy summer night, her call for an ambulance was not answered in time.  I did not see her again.  Weeks later, I saw a neighbor of hers, who occasionally would bring her to the ER and learned that she had had a severe attack and could not get help in time and passed away - while her children watched. 
    Unfortunately, for those of us who have worked in such places, these types of stories are common.  While we strive to help and save our patients, we do lose some.  It is the nature of our work.  It is however, those whom we lose under circumstances beyond our control and conditions which should not have been that leave deep scars in the depths of our memory. 
    Looking back, we wonder how could it have been different.  Retrospectively, we may have many solutions, anecdotes and ‘could have done thats’ but the lessons we learned and can now pass on to our disciples are what matters. 
    Today technology offers us solutions not possible or even feasible back then.  Telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education are tools that make possible new answers and means to implement them.  Lets embrace the goodness of these tools and provide our patients - near and far - better and more inclusive care.



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 Of Interest:     

    The term Asthma comes from the Greek verb aazein, meaning to pant, to exhale with the open mouth, sharp breath. 
In The Iliad, the expression asthma appeared for the first time. Hippocrates (460-357 BC), noticed the spasm more common among anglers, tailors and metal workers.
    Aretaeus of Cappadocia (100 AD), an ancient Greek clinician, and Galen (130-201 AD), a Greco-Roman doctor, discovered that asthma was due to bronchial obstruction. They treated it with owl's blood in wine.
    The Georg Ebers Papyrus - found in Egypt in the 1870s - contains prescriptions for asthma. One of the remedies that is still being used by some home medicine folk today, was to heat a mixture of herbs on hot bricks and inhale their fumes.
    Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714 AD), detected asthma as being exercise-induced.
    At the beginning of the 20th century asthma was seen as a psychosomatic disease and psychoanalysts treated their patients for depression. 
    Asthma, as an inflammatory disease, was just recognized in the early 1960s and anti-inflammatory medications was used.


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