While once the thing of pulp science fiction, robots have become science fact. They are being implemented in many different industries to make production processes more efficient. They have also been used to make scientific research more accurate. One industry that is certainly being changed by amazing robotic technology is medicine. Below are a few different ways you could come into contact with robots during your medical career.
1. Dried Blood Spot Processor
One thing that is very important for healthcare as well as forensic science is being able to quickly test blood. If you want to test for HIV, for example, analyzing a dried blood spot may be required. To do this, you will need a dried blood spot processor. While this process used to be very cumbersome, it has been made for quicker and more efficient thanks to the introduction of a robotic dried blood spot processor from Hudson Robotics.
2. Vasteras Giraff
The elderly, unfortunately, are not always as able to move around as well as they used to. Sadly, many of the disabled elderly are forced to move into nursing homes for the remainder of their lives. This, however, may change soon due to the introduction of a robot known as the Vasteras Giraff.
This is a tall motorized robot on wheels that is able to move around on its own and be remote controlled. Its main purpose is communication. Thanks to its two way communication system with a built in monitor and speakers, it allows disabled elderly patients to communicate with doctors, caregivers and more.
3. Robotic Nursing Assistant
Robots are also being implemented into nursing. Healthcare Robotics has indeed introduced a robot called Nursing Assistant. As can be guessed, it is used to help nurses take care of patients. It implements something known as a direct physical interface or DPI for short. DPI allows a nurse to have direct control over the robot’s movements as it provides care to the patient.
While this may seem counterintuitive, it makes sense if you consider the fact that many patients with very contagious diseases require nursing care. This robot could indeed save the lives of many nurses. The same technology may also soon be applied to other healthcare tasks like performing intricate surgeries. Surgeons may soon operate on patients by controlling robots as opposed to directly using their hands.
Robots are amazing examples of humanity’s technological progress. They are certain to improve our lives in many ways. This will certainly include the world of healthcare.