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I guess what I'm wondering is, what are the most recent technologies available today that augment diagnostics/care/treatment of critically ill patients?
Well, they are starting to use 3-D printers to do things like rebuild the airway of people with tracheomalacia.
Those green caps for the ends of IV tubing that are infused with alcohol (Curos caps) are pretty new.
NIRS only came about in, I think, the late 90s, as were BIS monitors.
Hybrid operating rooms.
How about gene testing to determine which drug will work best for that patient?
Scientists are still in the early stages of using stem cell therapy.
The first HPV vaccine was developed only 11 years ago.
Hospitals are finally starting to embrace smart phones and texting for communication between members of the healthcare team - some places now equip each nurse with their own smart phone every shift. So much better than paging a doc and waiting by the phone at the desk!
Widespread use of EMRs is new in the past decade.
These are all awesome, but they don't work without someone assessing the patient, using critical thinking, and deciding how to help the patient get well or stay well!