Robot-Ebola Fighters to Combat the Disease

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  November 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Ways of sending robots to join the fight against Ebola are being looked into by researchers, says report.

 Robot-Ebola Fighters to Combat the Disease
Robot-Ebola Fighters to Combat the Disease

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy encouraged UC Berkeley engineering professor, Ken Goldberg, and researchers in three other universities and research centers to hold brainstorming sessions on ways to enlist robots in the fight against the contagious and deadly disease, CNet reported.

However, Goldberg mentioned that the capabilities are limited right now and there's a lot of research that needs to be done, so it won't completely save the day.

Goldberg sees at least two ways robots may be redeployed in the next three to six months to help contain the spread of Ebola.

First, telepresence robots, with cameras and screens that allow doctors to remotely communicate and get a visual read of patients, could be useful in the diagnosis phase.

Second, the robots could play a part in the Ebola fight in the long term would be by inserting IVs either for drawing blood or providing intravenous hydration. Technology could help cut down on the occurrences of patients being poked multiple times to tap a good vein.

Since it could be a couple of years before robots play an expanded role in the fight against Ebola, professor said they are looking beyond this current health crisis so they are ready for the next one.

Source: ANI

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