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A closeup of the digital display showing variations in pressure from a seated patient. The technology, acquired this fall, was funded through the Rice Health Foundation's annual employee giving campaign. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

For Willmar hospital, it's another step in advanced health care


WILLMAR -- It looks like a cushion but isn't. Embedded inside are dozens of tiny sensors that measure pressure from someone sitting.

On the electronic display screen, Karyn Loos can see red and orange areas light up where higher pressure is exerted on a patient's hip and tailbone.

The new technology is one of many tools Rice Memorial Hospital uses to prevent and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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