Er is een robot in de maak, in de US bij Stanford in de buurt, genaamd Veebot, die in de toekomst het bloed prikken grotendeels moet gaan automatiseren en de verpleegkundige moet ondersteunen bij het proces. Het idee is dat hierdoor bij het proces minder fout gaat, patiënten minder kans op schade hebben en de bijbehorende kosten daarmee dalen. Wat het apparaat zelf zou moeten gaan kosten is nog niet duidelijk. Het bedrijfje zelf, Veebot LCC, presenteert zijn ideeën wel op hun website maar treedt niet in details: http://www.veebot.com/
Here is a video report from PandoList about Veebot, from may 2012.
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Here is an interesting new robotic surgery assistant: the ARTAS™ System. It was recently cleared by the FDA (read more). ARTAS apparently helps with something called ‘hair follicle harvesting’, according to Restoration Robotics, the company that invented and produces the system.
The ARTAS System (Source: Restoration Robotics, Inc.)
The procedure is as follows. The client first sits in the Artas chair, and then his hair is millimetered. Then, a robotic arm equipped with a camera initiates ‘small dermal punches’ and harvests individual follicles. This is under the control of a doctor. The follicles, which are later transplanted by hand, will start producing their own hair over months.
Here is a paper (PDF) in the Dermatology Times that reports the results of trying out a prototype of the device. Apparently, no sutures or bandages were required and using ARTAS is quicker and less invasive than other hair transplantation techniques, like strip harvesting where a strip of skin with hair is transplanted to a balding area. The company expects to reach extraction rates to 750 to 1,000 follicular units per hour. In addition, it may require fewer staff (although robot support engineers should probably be on standby).
Themabijeenkomst ZorgRobotica (KennisAlliantie) from FunnelVision on Vimeo.
Recently, on October 25, Jeroen spoke at a workshop about healthcare robotics. It was organised bij Kennisalliantie and Syntens, who wish to set things in motion, especially in the Dutch ‘Medical Delta’ (roughly Rotterdam-Delft-Leiden). Prof. Luc de Witte opened the day, followed by Boudewijn Wisse, and finally Jeroen Arendsen. In the afternoon the discussion was continued in groups. The video gives a good impression of the day. For Robots that Care the initial contact with Zorgbelang, represented by mrs. Aat Hoffius, may well lead to further developments.
The website Zorgrobotica
The report of the day