Friday, December 30, 2005
7 News Features: Robots in ICU
Once the stuff of science fiction movies.... now robots are a real part of our lives. In hospitals, they're even helping doctors make the rounds. 7's Christine Cruz explains why these metal machines are turning out to be just what the patient ordered.
WSVN--It's bedside manner has some kinks to work out... But, no one seems to mind.
Bas Delange: "If I was in pain, the doctor could just come immediately."
This four foot tall robot serves as a doctor on demand.
Dr. Michael Black: "What can be better than being available almost all of the time?"
Cardiac surgeon Michael Black uses him to make his rounds...Day or night.
Dr. Michael Black: "Before I go to bed at night from home, I can check in with my robot."
He can maneuver right into patients' rooms.
Thanks to cameras, this is what patients and
Their families see -- and this is what the doctor sees.
He can read lab work, x-rays and monitors... Just like he would if he were in the room.
It's especially crucial for his young patients.
Dr. Michael Black: "Unlike an adult who can say, 'I don't feel well,' the verbal communication skills are absent, and so, it's wonderful to see what the kid looks like."
Wini Delange: "The doctor would be right there if we would need him."
And for Wini and her son bas knowing doc can make a courtesy call at any time... Makes everything better.
Bas Delange: "I felt safe."
Studies are being done to see just how much the robots improve patient care. In the plex Christine Cruz 7 News.
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