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Telemedicine In Schools Helps Keep Kids In The Classroom

ELKRIDGE, Md. — In late November, on the first cold morning of the season, a second-grader at Ducketts Lane Elementary School had trouble breathing during recess.

When the school nurse, Veronica DeSimone, examined the girl, she heard wheezing in her chest and noted her low oxygen levels. DeSimone determined that the child was having an asthma attack.

The nurse would have administered relieving medication, but the girl’s parents hadn’t yet signed a permission form or delivered their daughter’s medicine to the school. The girl’s father, the only parent available, was at work at least an hour away. There was not time to wait for him to come get his daughter.


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