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As the entire world currently grapples with the announced Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to consider how robots would fare in the emergency room.
As robots explore new frontiers, healthcare is one of the industries that has already had extensive experiments with the use of robots.
With lots of human interaction required, what benefits can robots offer the healthcare industry?
With modern technology allowing for a robot to freely and safely interact with human workers, robots in hospitals can be used to take care and maintain the space in the hospital.
They can be assigned tasks that involve cleaning and disinfecting rooms and equipment within and around the hospital. This is among the numerous tasks that are boring and repetitive that have to be done every few hours. Further, it reduces the risk of infection in patients and by hospital workers.
With this task assigned to robots, workers who carry out these tasks can be redeployed to other jobs that will require a human touch and capacity.
Robots can also carry heavy items such as clean beddings and change all beds quickly and cleanly.
In the lab, robots will be very good assistants. With their precision and accuracy, they can get that vein from which blood needs to be drawn for testing in the very first attempt.
Further, robots can be used to organize lab equipment and specimen easily and quickly. They can also enhance the speed at which tests are conducted.
Also, with great accuracy and precision, robots will dispense just enough medication avoiding waste at the pharmacy.
Over the last several years, robotic surgery has been a reality. Over these years, the healthcare fraternity has enjoyed numerous benefits. First, is the accuracy and precision that the robot has brought into surgery.
With its easy to move arms, the robot has a greater reach than any surgeon can get without it. This allows the surgeon controlling the robot to get a deeper and extensive view of what they are doing. This allows them to precision and exactness in their work which helps improve recovery.
Robotic surgeries also promote faster recovery. This is because the robot leaves smaller scars or wounds which are easier to heal than normal human surgeries.
In a hospital setting or at an assisted living center, there are many patients and elderly who require a caregiver with them at all times. Healthcare robots will ensure that the doctor’s presence is felt at all times.
Some robots are small enough to keep in the bed while some are a bit larger. Through these robots, the patient can quickly reach the doctor if need be. They can notify doctors that they are needed in specific places quickly.
Due to accidents or illnesses that affect the motor skills of human beings, many patients in hospital will require physical therapy. Physical therapy is important to impart or remind a patient how to carry out a skill that they presently cannot do on their own but could previously.
Hospitals can provide for their patient’s exoskeleton robots that can enable them to walk independently. These skeletons are more effective than having a nurse hold on to the patient as they relearn how to walk.
Help ease patient tension
Robots are highly precise and accurate. As such there will be very few errors if any occurring in a robot led operation. This reassures the patients that there is little to no likelihood of errors during their surgery.
Worry is one of the things that affects many of the patients scheduled for surgeries. Robot surgeries can help minimize this and promote quick recovery.
As essential as robots are in manufacturing, they can also be as important in healthcare. This is only the surface of how robots can be used in healthcare. As technology advances, robots will get more and more tasks within the healthcare setting and industry.