Robotics has already spread its tentacles in almost every sector of every industry. The technology has now stepped into the healthcare industry also. What does it have to offer?
FREMONT, CA: Today, technological developments in the healthcare industry are saving millions of lives and are continually enhancing the quality of our lives. Recently, engineers at Rutgers University have introduced a robot that is capable of autonomously drawing patient blood and instantly performing hematology analysis. Such kind of technology might help in speeding up the care of the patient, freeing doctors for paying attention to other tasks, and even reducing the number of unsuccessful IV starts.
The device was currently tested in a clinical trial for the first time, and the outcome was published in the journal technology. The results concluded the robot to be as good or better in comparison to the trained phlebotomists at achieving venous access.
Presently, doctors can miss the target veins in patients who are lacking visible veins and with veins that are not palpable. Trying the technique, again and again, can result in thrombosis, infections, and other maladies.
The new device makes use of ultrasound guidance for placing the needle accurately into the vein. So much so that in the research, blood was taken successfully from 87 percent of all participants in the first attempt, and for those who had easy access to the veins, the rate was impressively 97 percent.
In order to ready the robot for commercialization, the researchers are planning to spend more time on improving the way it targets the challenging veins. The data from the currently conducted trial will be utilized for training the algorithms that provide guidance to the needle.
The researchers are anticipating more miracles from this device. Till now, the robots are being successfully used in hospitals.