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How do they use robots in the health industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

If you’re thinking, what can medical robots do, then here’s a simple answer, most things.

Whether it’s taking your temperature, or carrying out some complicated surgery, there’s a robot out there that can do the job.

A robot ain’t going to make mistakes, because what a robot is doing is replicating the correct procedure. So, a robot can, for example, complete the stitching when the operation is over, or be programmed to make that one cut which requires solid skills in a virtually inaccessible part of the body. And it will do it the same way every time – it won’t deviate unless told to do so. Nor should it leave the scalpel inside you after the operation (medical joke that surgeons, please don’t take it personally).

And what you realise here is something that is true across much of the robot sector – that robots are there as assistants. They are there to help the human surgeon do a job which is consistently of high quality. They are part of the team.

But robot surgeons are just one end of the scale. Medical robots can also perform basic nursing duties (take temperatures, monitor a patient’s condition and dispense tablets). They can also work around the hospital as porters, taking patients to different wards and making sure they get their x-rays completed in time.

So, when you go to see about your latest ailment, don’t be surprised if you hear: the robot will see you now.

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