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Robotic anesthesia...first succ ...

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:19pm

  Robotic anesthesia...first successful surgery done in Canada..focus is software to monitor pain and a feedback scoring system to automate the process...the system can also communicate with a PDA so the anesthesiologist can be outside the OR while checking on post surgery patients...BD  image

Scientists at McGill University in Montreal believe they are the first in the world to perform surgery using a totally automated system for administering the drugs needed for general anesthetic.

Dubbed McSleepy, the computerized system administers three standard drugs used for putting patients under for surgery and monitors their separate effects automatically, without the need for manual intervention.

So, could McSleepy or a similar system one day replace human anesthesiologists? The short answer is no," said Sheppard of Saskatoon, who's been practising for 20 years.

"Somebody has to start the intravenous, make sure it's in a vein and not interstitial (in the tissue). Somebody has to put the breathing tube in once they're asleep. Somebody has to watch for mechanical failure."

Canadian researchers develop automated anesthesia system dubbed McSleepy - Heart Health - AOL Health

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