Robots could save lives as they take care of a critically ill patient in an urgent care hospital, according to a new study.
Researchers found that robots that can handle large numbers of patients in less than 15 minutes are better at getting through complicated procedures, including surgery and surgery masks.
The robots also have a faster reaction time than humans, which is why the researchers said they’re better at quickly finding and diagnosing problems, according.
Robots were also much more likely to make decisions about when to remove or treat a patient, according the study, published Monday in the journal PLOS One.
The robot could also save lives if they’re used in the setting of a large emergency, such as when there’s a large number of people waiting to be admitted.
“If we’re going to be operating on someone that’s in critical condition, I think we want to make sure that we have an appropriate robot, because that’s a lot of people,” said study lead author Jodie Filippi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The study is based on a recent pilot study conducted in Massachusetts, where the robotic vacuum was used to treat patients in a hospital with high numbers of cases of MRSA infections.
Researchers monitored patients in the hospital and saw how quickly they were able to get through complex procedures, like getting an X-ray or performing a CT scan, said study co-author John E. Giannini, a professor of bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The robots were also better at recognizing when to evacuate or treat the patient.
“These robots have to be able to perform a lot more complicated tasks, and that’s what makes them so good at performing surgery,” Gianninis said.
“This is an example of how they are able to be effective in these kinds of environments, and it’s a great example of their flexibility.”
Robots can handle a variety of different medical problems.
But the new study found that the robots’ ability to perform complex tasks in less time and without any human intervention was one of the key differences.
“When we see robots performing simple tasks, it makes them more efficient,” Giannopoulos said.
“But when you have people who are in an operating room, they are performing complex tasks that involve a lot moving and lifting.
This gives them an advantage in terms of speed.”
For instance, the researchers looked at a surgical mask that’s designed to help patients who are suffering from respiratory infections wear a mask when operating on patients.
The researchers found that a robot with a robotic arms could perform the mask and mask itself in 15 minutes, compared with just seven minutes for a human patient.
The robotic vacuum, meanwhile, could also handle an emergency where the patient is unconscious and needs immediate attention, like a respiratory infection.
But even though the robot could handle the patient, the mask had to be removed or the patient was transferred to a different room, according that study.
“You’re operating on a robot and you’re going through an extremely complicated procedure,” Gauri said.
“But it’s also a robot that can operate on an operating table.”
The robots could also be used for certain types of tasks in hospitals.
For instance, if they are used to perform surgery on a patient with a heart condition, the robot can handle the operation without the need for any human help.
Or, in the case of an emergency, the robots could perform routine maintenance on equipment or supplies, such a a a drill, said Giannidis.
The robot can also assist with routine medical tasks.
“We know that it’s important for robots to have a human touch and not have a robot touch the patient,” Gagni said.
The researchers said the findings are important because it shows robots can be used in situations where humans are not an option.
“If we want robots to perform basic tasks, for instance cleaning up in the operating room after an emergency and not being a distraction, this study helps us to be sure we’re using robots in the right way,” Gannini said.