Hard-wired nurse helps docs

  1. meet r2d2 in scrubs.

    a robot joined doctors and nurses in the operating room at new york-presbyterian hospital yesterday to deliver the surgical tools of the trade.

    known as penelope surgical instrument server, the robot operates as a surgical nurse.

    penelope is able to hand over surgical instruments on command, and then return the devices to their original place once a surgeon has finished with them.

    "i was pleasantly surprised by how efficient and reliable she was," said dr. spencer amory, director of surgery at the hospital, shortly after penelope assisted him in a routine operation yesterday.

    the procedure, the first penelope has participated in, involved removing a benign tumor from a bronx woman's forearm. equipped with voice recognition software, a robotic gripper and digital cameras, penelope delicately handed over such instruments as scissors and clamps a total of 37 times.

    full story: hard-wired nurse helps docs [new york daily news,ny]
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  3. by   canoehead
    Does she read minds too?

    Looks like the circulator is going to be awful busy in that hospital.
  4. by   ARNPsomeday
    The scene in my imagination is like a nightmare.
    Like one of those old, 1960s black-and-white terror movies.
    Suddenly the robot thing goes berserk and starts attacking everyone! Aaaaaaaah!
  5. by   Marvie
    I am curious about this robot. Can IT think? How about when a surgeon asks for a particular instrument but meant to say a different one- which happens all the time when one is intently concentrating? How many different instruments can this piece of metal learn? And can it do ACLS if it comes to it? I don't think that this metal toy will be able to take the place of the surgical tech and scrub nurses intelligence, experience, and expertise. But it's interesting how someone decided they can try to do away with the scrub nurses and possibly even the circulator because the "doc" thinks he can do surgery by himself. Long live nurses!
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    [quote=brian]meet r2d2 in scrubs.

    a robot joined doctors and nurses in the operating room at new york-presbyterian hospital yesterday to deliver the surgical tools of the trade.

    known as penelope surgical instrument server, the robot operates as a surgical nurse.

    penelope is able to hand over surgical instruments on command, and then return the devices to their original place once a surgeon has finished with them.

    "i was pleasantly surprised by how efficient and reliable she was," said dr. spencer amory, director of surgery at the hospital, shortly after penelope assisted him in a routine operation yesterday.



    personally, as a patient i wouldn't want no wired robot in my surgery procedure. it sounds kinda freadky . it certantly has no feelings or a conscious and even though it might be "efficient", i don't want in in there period. "go get me a live mortal.....pronto!!" :chuckle

    jessica
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Hopefully Penelope is tolerant of verbal abuse.

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