What is Medical Robotics:

As we all know Robotics is a robust field of implementation of human’s theoretical knowledge into practical vision and made our everyday life more easier than ever. So emerging robotics into medical science is known medical robotics. Medical Robots are now not boxed within sci-fi movies,they are reality.They support, assist and extend their helping hands for a healthy life.statistics says medical robotics has enhanced the quality of medical science much more higher in past few decades.Now a days it is not only bounded to surgical robotics, it is wide spread in various other field of medicals. Be it rehabilitation robots, bio-robots, Telepresence robots  or disinfection robots.

 

So how do they help us?

1. Xenex Robot in action,cuts the 70% of hospital acquired infections:

According to Statistics of center for disease control and prevention in the united states 1 in every 25 patients will get affected by hospital acquired infection (HAIs) such as Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI), Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI),Surgical Site Infection (SSI),Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP) and 1 in 9 will die.

Here comes the Xenex robot to help you out and set the bar for next level of hygiene.  Xenex goal is to save lives and by destroying microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections (HAIs) it reduces sufferings and death casualties .Westchester Medical Center has reported 70% drop of hospital acquired infection (HAIs) in their intensive care unit with the use of Xenex robot.

2.Da vinci Surgical Robots:

Surgical robots have been a loyal friend since 1985 when PUMA 560 robotic surgical arm was used in a delicate neurosurgical biopsy, a non-laparoscopic surgery.In present days Da vinci general surgical robots is making marks in the filed of medical science and surgery. It has revolutionize in the surgical area by its enhanced vision, precision and control.

 

3. Rehabilitation Robots: 

Robotics and rehabilitation devices are correlated to each other . People with disability or any kind of injury only can feel the importance of Rehabilitation Robotics other than we, normal people who take their Sit to Stand Motion or linearly Walking motion or even a hand movement very carelessly. Though mimicking a single step of walking motion or Sit to Stand motion for people with spinal cord injury (SCI), brain stroke,Osteoarthritis could be a hard job  for robots.

But some of the companies , researcher of MIT and CalTech and various other research institutions are rigorously working on the rehabilitation robotics . From Exoskeletons to artificial Heart Sleeves, bilateral arm therapy to racking of the arm movement for augmented feedback training in a virtual reality rehabilitation  robots, a stepping stone to success.

 

Some Rehabilitation Robots are mentioned below :

  1. Stationary Lower Body Exoskeletons Lokomat by Hocoma
  2. Stationary Upper Body – Arm&Wrist Exoskeletons InMotion Arm by bionik
  3. Mobile Lower Body Rehabilitation Exoskeletons HANK by gogoa
  4. Mobile Lower Body Augmentation Exoskeletons REX P by REX Bionics

 

Even Robots can be helpful to reduce patient’s mental anxiety and stress.Humans are always very fond of pets and they can help to ease stress, to divert attention from pain and to reduce the feeling of loneliness.So a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer developed PARO a therapeutic Robot.

 

There is many more medical robots are available in the market and some of them are in their developing phase also.

You can follow these links for better understanding about Rehabilitation robotics->

1. Exoskeleton And It’s Applications

2. Assistance For Patients With Difficulties In Lower Extremity