In the recent years, medical robotics which is a field that utilises robots in healthcare or medical field continue to rise. As the technology advances, the roles of robots in healthcare had become more established and brings a lot of benefits to both healthcare workers and patients. What are the benefits of robots in healthcare ?
Surgery and surgical robots
Nowadays, robots not only helps doctors in setting up the surgery table but also take parts in the procedures. The surgical robots practically participate in the process by allowing general surgeons to perform surgery with maximum precision. In addition, surgeons are also able to operate a complex surgery procedures with the help of surgical robots by gaining flexibility, precision, vision and control. As a results, the surgery will have higher successful rate while the patients experiences smaller incision, less pain, less scarring and less risk of infections. This way, patients are able to have early discharge and shorter recovery period.
Improve Patient care
Nurse robots are able to carry out tasks similar to the human nurses without exhaustion. While nurse robots take over trivial or less urgent workloads, nurses and caregivers can concentrate on more important tasks as well as focuses on human interaction and empathy thus promote long-term well being of the patient.
Increase work environment safety
Heavy lifting such as moving hospital bed or lifting patients by nurse robots prevent certain work hazard to healthcare workers. In addition, the transport of linens and supplies that are taken over by service robots reduce exposure towards germs and pathogens. Additionally, cleaning can be done more frequently by the cleaning and disinfection robots thus reducing the possibility of infections among the healthcare workers as well as the visitors and patients.
Compared to humans, robots do not need to wear mask and personal protective equipment when attending Covid-19 patients or carrying out tasks such as temperature monitoring and Covid-19 screening. This helps prevent the spreading of Covid-19 more efficiently.
In summary, as medical robotics grow, more robots will be introduced into the medical field to reduce workloads of the healthcare workers. While robots are unable to replace certain roles of humans especially in the empathy department, their benefits in healthcare are undeniable.
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