A report finds that physicians who use robots to interact with patients in intensive care units say the technology improves patient care and satisfaction. Most doctors say they believe the robots help reduce a patients’ length of ICU stay.
According to the report, physicians who used the robots to supplement daily patient care valued the positive clinical and social effects of the technology (United Press International, 7/17).
The report found that:
100% of surveyed clinicians said they believe the use of the robots in an ICU either is “valuable” or “very valuable” for improving patient care, as well as patient and family satisfaction;
93% said they believe that using robots in ICUs improves compliance with best practices;
87% said they believe that using robots in ICUs improves nursing education; and
78% said they believe that using robots led to an associated reduction in ICU length of stay (Reynolds et al., Telemedicine and e-Health, 6/27).
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