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Robots and Medical Manufacturing

Posted: May 18, 2018 9:08:33 AM

As robotic technology advances, the role that robots play in a wide range of industries has grown increasingly significant. The medical field is no exception, as more and more doctors, surgeons, and lab technicians begin to rely more heavily on robots to improve patient outcomes and provide more comprehensive care. 

Below is a list of the types of robots being used within the medical industry and how they are changing the industry for the better. 

Surgical Assistant Robots

Performing surgery in a way that is minimally invasive and optimally effective requires an immense amount of skill.  Thanks to surgical assistant robots such as the Da Vinci Surgical System, though, surgeons are able to perform complex operations more effectively than ever before. Surgical assistant robots allow surgeons to manipulate sophisticated robot arms in a highly precise manner, helping eliminate human error in an operation that requires highly precise incisions. 

Telepresence Robots 

Telepresence robots enable doctors to examine and diagnose patients without having to be physically present at the hospital. These robots rely on cameras, navigation, and communication technologies to provide doctors with the ability to examine a patient from a remote location just as effectively as if they were with them in the room. 

Medical Transportation Robots

Many hospitals suffer from a shortage of nurses. Medical transportation robots, however, are able to fill many of the roles typically assigned to nurses such as delivering supplies, medication, and meals to patients. 

Sanitation Robots

Sanitation is a highly important task for any doctor's office or hospital. It's also time-consuming, unpleasant, and yields itself to mistakes that could be costly. Sanitation robots are designed to take over this task and sanitize rooms from top to bottom on their own in a way that is 100% effective. 

Prescription Dispensing Robots

Prescription dispensing robots are used to improve the accuracy of the medication that is dispensed in order to ensure that pharmacies do not make costly mistakes. Prescription dispensing robots are also used within the homes of elderly patients to make sure they don't accidentally take the wrong medication or the wrong amount. 

Rehabilitation Robots  

Rehabilitation robots are designed to help patients who are recovering from a stroke, surgery, injury, and other issues through the physical therapy routines that will help them achieve full recovery. These robots are able to provide more comprehensive assistance in a cost-effective manner and can be programmed to adapt to a patient's specific condition and specific physical therapy routine. 

Designing Robots for Use Within the Medical Industry

Medical robots offer tons of promise to patients and caregivers alike, and the role they play within the medical field looks to only grow larger in the coming years. With this being the case, medical robots also offer a lot of potential to medical device manufacturers as they look to create industry-changing devices within this relatively new field. 

If you are designing a medical robot, it is essential that you equip it with only the highest quality components. Medical robots are typically expensive investments and are expected to demonstrate long life-cycles before they need to be repaired or replaced, meaning that building them with high-quality parts is of the utmost importance.

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