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Researchers from Rutgers and Mount Sinai created a robot that is able to take blood from patients as accurately as possible.
- February 18, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Automobiles, electronics, manufacturing, work, the urban environment and everything else certainly have negative effects on our bodies. That is why we must constantly monitor our health. And we all understand that very many treatment procedures are directly related to the use of syringes, which, incidentally, some people do not really like. This is due to a number of reasons, but one of the main ones can be considered the fear that the doctor will make an injection incorrectly. And just the same, modern technologies can come in very handy in this area.
And the researchers from Rutgers Hospital and Mount Sinai decided to tackle and simplify this issue. The fact is that they managed to develop their own robot, which is able to see all the veins and arteries that are located under the skin of a person. Well, since this robot is capable of this, then if you shift the task of injecting drugs onto it, then the development of Rutgers and Mount Sinai will be able to perform the above work much better and better than people. In addition, the widespread use of this development can also potentially contribute to a marked reduction in problems such as the introduction of various infections into the bloodstream, thrombosis, and so on.
Of course, it is relatively easy for qualified specialists to take blood or to administer the drug to a patient with easily accessible veins, but nevertheless, these procedures are much more difficult to perform in relation to patients who have difficulty finding visually or finding veins. Meanwhile, the robot of the above researchers is able to cope with this many times better. Without any problems, he is able to detect the veins of absolutely any person, after which he immediately proceeds to his task. This result is achieved through the use of built-in ultrasound technology to determine the position of the veins, correctly guiding the needle. In addition, another version of this robot was also developed, which includes a module for processing samples, as well as a blood analyzer using the built-in centrifuge.
This development has already passed a number of necessary tests. And yes, it turned out that at the moment, even though the robot has extremely high accuracy, it is still not perfect. The final success rate at the moment was 87 percent, given that the technology was tested on 31 participants. This success indicator, although pretty good, is still not enough for a medical device, and that’s why some improvements are expected to allow it to work as accurately and professionally as possible. But in any case, even now, the above success rate is higher than for people who, on average, make a mistake with every 27 and 60 patients. So even though the robot at the moment is just a prototype, there is no doubt that after its completion some medical centers will begin to actively use it.