You don’t have to look far within a hospital environment to find complex machinery which is designed to help patients recover. Whilst this has been commonplace for many years within hospitals, robotics and AI systems are a fairly new addition.
Robotics have been introduced to a variety of industrial environments, increasing productivity and taking over jobs which would otherwise be dangerous or challenging for human workers.
With so many hospital workers rushed off their feet, and surgeons tasked with complex life-saving surgeries every day – it only seems right that robotics and AI systems should become integrated within hospitals to make things easier.
When it comes to robotics within hospitals there’s quite a lot to consider, with hygiene being at the forefront. Robotics designed for use within medical environments need to be comprised of hygienic components and cables.
When you think of cabling, you may not instantly think about what makes one cable more hygienic than another. A hygienic cable is made from a material which is specifically resistant to bacteria, which reduces the risk of potentially hazardous bacteria build-ups which could spread to patients.
Cables are often accompanied by a cable connector. These connectors ensure that cables remain securely place and protect the ends of cables from fraying. Hygienic cable connectors should always be used within hospitals, and are designed in such a way that debris cannot build up on them – and can be easily cleaned if necessary.
Since hospital environments require frequent disinfection to prevent illness from spreading, robotics need to be comprised of components and cables which offer high resistance to strong chemicals. This allows them to be cleaned with strong cleaning chemicals and bleaches without becoming damaged over time.
So what examples of AI and robotics can be seen in hospitals today? In Belgium, humanoid robots known as ‘Pepper’ are being used as receptionists in two major hospitals.
These robots are able to move around the hospital on wheels, and can recognise 20 different spoken languages, as well as being able to detect whether they are talking to a woman, man or child.
Equipped with a tablet on the front, patients are able to sign themselves into their appointments, amongst other services.
Robotics can also be found within operating theatres, with surgeons controlling them in order to perform complex surgeries. These robotic systems are allowing surgeons to make ultra precise incisions, reducing the amount of scarring patients will have after their operation.
In a Florida hospital, a robotic system allows for surgeons to have two extra pairs of hands. These robotic hands, controlled by the surgeon, can hold cameras and surgical tools. This helps to speed up operations, and could potentially reduce the amount of staff needed within an operating theatre at one time.