The machine can do better than human anesthesiologists

by Larry Emmott on May 27, 2015

in Future Tech,Theraputics

From Washington Post:

Anesthesia is tricky. It’s often compared to flying a plane – keeping a patient hovering in just the right plane of consciousness. It’s called depth of hypnosis. Surgeons don’t want patients writhing on the table. And patients don’t want to be aware of the operation. Of course, no one wants patients to die, a distinct possibility if too much of an anesthesia drug is delivered.

The iControl-RP aims to thread that needle by using an EEG to scan a patient’s brain waves to make sure the sedation is adequate. And it looks at heart and breathing rates and blood oxygen levels to make sure the patient is not slipping too deeply into sleep. The machine’s algorithm makes all the medical decisions that a doctor usually does.

via ‘We are convinced the machine can do better than human anesthesiologists’ – The Washington Post.

Another step to robodoc. No job is safe from automation.

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