The Future of Medical Care
Robot nurses have become well-known for their contributions to the healthcare industry. Nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses (RNs) are used to new technologies influencing their work surroundings and responsibilities. While these advancements in technology and equipment offer many good benefits, other developments, like as robots, are feared because they may strip nurses of their employment. RNs and NPs, on the other hand, are irreplaceable due to the chances for nurses and robots to collaborate, as well as the inherent abilities and qualities of humans.
ROBOTICS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
The possibilities in healthcare appear to be boundless. Surgical, rehabilitative, and hospital robots are all part of this sector. Surgical robot training, exoskeletons, smart prosthesis and bionics, robotic nurses, and robots that help with therapy, medications, logistics, telepresence, and cleaning are all possibilities. Gesture control, machine vision, speech and voice recognition, and tactile sensors are among the main technologies that enable healthcare robots.
- Used by Thai and Japanese hospitals for patient care
- Monitors elderly patients via video and sets up video chats with their relatives
- Alerts caregivers of patient activity by phone
- Provides reminders for medication
- Exercise and exercises alongside the elderly
- Provides entertainment by offering games and karaoke.
- This seal-like robot is used in hospitals and extended-care facilities the world over.
- Stimulates interaction between patients and caregivers
- Helps to relax patients by imitating the voice of a baby harp seal
- Able to adapt to patients behavior
- Reduce patient stress
- Improve relaxation and motivation
- Improve their socialization with caregivers and their peers.
- This humanoid robot works the reception area of two Belgian hospitals
- Greets people and guide patients to their proper department
- Recognize 20 languages and can identify gender
- Identifies joy, sadness, anger, and surprise.
- Can interpret non-verbal language like head tilts, frowns, smiles, and tone of voice.
- Two high-resolution cameras and a 3D camera.
- Shape recognition software processes captured images.
- 20 engines and three multi-directional wheels allow the robot to move at a maximum speed of 3 km/h.
- Six laser sensors, two ultrasound transmitters, and three obstacle detectors in its legs help it identify the distance of objects within a 3-meter range.
HOW DO NURSE ROBOTS OFFER HELP?
Medical supply retrieval, food and drug administration, and patient transportation and transfer are all jobs that robots may assist with.
The training personnel can use robots to aid them. During patient-transfer training, for example, a robot patient might simulate the action of a patient’s limbs.
HOW NURSE ROBOTS EXPAND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?
Patients in rural locations or those in urgent need of a specialist may benefit from robotic telemedicine, as a robot controlled remotely through a desktop, laptop, or mobile device can provide a diagnostic and treatment plan. Robotics will also expand research possibilities, as nurses may apply their knowledge of what’s needed in the healthcare sector to help build robots.
HUMAN NURSE ARE IRREPLACEBLE
Artificial intelligence (AI) in robots may mimic a person’s creativity using algorithms, but AI hinders robots from producing things that are meaningful to people. They lack the capacity to think and use common sense that humans have. When a robot is presented with an unusual scenario that might possibly influence a person’s life, its programming may create delays in ethical decision-making.