We’ve previously told you that anesthesiologists or certified registered nurse anesthetists may be who administers general anesthesia when you undergo plastic surgery. However, you may soon see “robot” on that short list.
French anesthesiology experts have taken an American-developed anesthesia monitoring system and enhanced it with advanced software that essentially allows a robot to administer general anesthesia during an operation.
With this fine-tuned version of the American technology, an electrode is placed on the patient’s head, sending information to the robot that allows it to determine the depth of the anesthesia, depending on an index that monitors brain activity. The robot controls the drug supply under the observation of an anesthesiologist.
“The automatic pilot system relieves the anesthetist of one of his tasks so that he can devote himself to the extremely important job of monitoring the patient’s state,” professor and system developer Marc Fischler explained last year. “In the short term it’s still a research tool, but I can imagine that in the longer term it will become an instrument in everyday use.”
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