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Nurse-Robots On Duty

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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 27 years experience.

may 26, 2005-- sister mary and doctor robbie, two robots that allow doctors to consult remotely with patients, are now on duty at st. mary's hospital in london.

the robot is a first for europe, according to a recent imperial college london press release, but america already has similar devices in maryland, virginia and california that have been making the hospital rounds for the past few years.

sister mary and doctor robbie, also called rp6 to indicate their model number, are squarish machines with computer screens for a face, which displays the doctor.

the real doctor, through cameras and speakers both on the robot and on a laptop, can examine patients, ask questions, read records, view x-rays and look at test results from the console.

full story: nurse-robots on duty [discovery channel]

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

Oh my! This is just too weird! :uhoh21:

We have a pharmacy robot at my hospital that works during the day. It delivers meds to various areas of the hospital. The pharmacists load it up, choose it's preprogrammed destination, and off it goes. As it makes it's way through the hospital it talks, letting people know that it's there and to stay back. If it enters an elevator, it requests others to step off the elevator as it only rides alone. If someone intrudes it's space, it stops and alarms (it has a twirling red light on top like a cop car) until it's space is clear again.

When it reaches it's destination, an RN takes out it's payload and sends it back to the pharmacy.

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

I've worked where the hospitals had pharmacy robots, too. What a trip! :)

I bet those nonhuman nurse robots recieve more respect and patience than the human nurses do. :rolleyes:

Kelly_the_Great

Specializes in home & public health, med-surg, hospice.

I don't know about that Cheerfuldoer. Ever seen Bicenntenial (sp???) Man, where the older, teenage daughter has him jump out the window?

LOL

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

No. I've never seen that movie Kelly. Is it worth renting the video? :)

Kelly_the_Great

Specializes in home & public health, med-surg, hospice.

Oh, yeah, it's a real tear-jerker...a must see.

HazelLPN, LPN

Specializes in Adult ICU/PICU/NICU. Has 54 years experience.

If I was ordered off an elevator by a robot I think I'd have pull out some of its crucial wires. I'm an old lady.....and I don't take kindly being ordered around by anyone...let alone things that say panasonic.

i would not like to have a nurse or doctor robot. it would take away from the feeling of being taken care of. there is no replacement for a human touch.

sbic56, BSN, RN

Specializes in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych. Has 24 years experience.

i would not like to have a nurse or doctor robot. it would take away from the feeling of being taken care of. there is no replacement for a human touch.

I bet this robot has more personality than the dermatologist I went to last week! :chuckle She knew her stuff, but socially was seriously flawed. I didn't give her the $80 to be buds, but geeeez!

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

I know this is a wild idea, but why not spend the money and research on the retention of human-being kind of nurses??

I know this is a wild idea, but why not spend the money and research on the retention of human-being kind of nurses??

:yeahthat:

Thunderwolf, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatric, Behavioral Health. Has 32 years experience.

Wonder how they auscultate, percuss, palpate, smell for odor, check skin turgor and condition...which require a human's touch or being present? You lose alot of data about a person's condition that way.

it bugs me, because the duties of these "nurse-robots" have nothing to do with nursing. check it out. it serves as a communication device for the doctor to interact remotely with the patient. period. these are not "nurse" robots; they are "doctor" robots.

my favorite quote from the article:

he said a recent study of 280 patients who consulted with robots and live doctors at the baltimore hospital found no major differences.

now, is that a comment about the robots...or the doctors??

nursefirst

may 26, 2005-- sister mary and doctor robbie, two robots that allow doctors to consult remotely with patients, are now on duty at st. mary's hospital in london.

the robot is a first for europe, according to a recent imperial college london press release, but america already has similar devices in maryland, virginia and california that have been making the hospital rounds for the past few years.

sister mary and doctor robbie, also called rp6 to indicate their model number, are squarish machines with computer screens for a face, which displays the doctor.

the real doctor, through cameras and speakers both on the robot and on a laptop, can examine patients, ask questions, read records, view x-rays and look at test results from the console.

full story: nurse-robots on duty [discovery channel]

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

Poor PR, even for a robot. I would never get off an elevator for a robot. and if one started flashing lights and screaming because I was invading its space I would deck it. Why don't they use the money and pay a person to deliver to/from ALL departments and save the nurses some steps.

how bout one that does bed pans and bed baths

jeanrnurse

Specializes in Prof. Development, New Grad. Residency. Has 40+ years experience.

If I was ordered off an elevator by a robot I think I'd have pull out some of its crucial wires. I'm an old lady.....and I don't take kindly being ordered around by anyone...let alone things that say panasonic.

No fears... I worked at a hospital that had this robot, or one very much like it. We called him "Rex" (Rx; get it?) He would wait til there was an empty elevator, so no people got kicked off. He brought floor stock and narcs. It was great.

where I am now, Pharmacy has a robot which fills the drug cassettes. That is also very helpful. :)

sbic56, BSN, RN

Specializes in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych. Has 24 years experience.

No fears... I worked at a hospital that had this robot, or one very much like it. We called him "Rex" (Rx; get it?) He would wait til there was an empty elevator, so no people got kicked off. He brought floor stock and narcs. It was great.

where I am now, Pharmacy has a robot which fills the drug cassettes. That is also very helpful. :)

That is so cool. I think this technology is great. So many mindless tasks that can be done as well with robotics! We already trust so much to computers; this is the next logical step. Though this area will be the very last to enjoy this kind of progress, unfortunately!

I wonder how the "nurse robot" responds to the doc's tantrums? Probably not at all. The docs will send them back when they can't get their jollies from yelling at the nurses.

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