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(Perth Now)   Sydney hospital will soon have robots roaming the corridors delivering food, removing linen, not terminating patients and so-forth   (perthnow.com.au) divider line 27
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2012-12-02 01:17:47 PM
If your name is Sarah Connor, things will end badly for you.
 
2012-12-02 01:19:22 PM
Autobots engage!
 
2012-12-02 01:21:01 PM
The robots also save the hospital money by also functioning as their bill collectors.
 
2012-12-02 01:21:44 PM
Going to the source to steal old peoples drugs now.
 
2012-12-02 01:37:41 PM
GET OFF THE BED SO I CAN CHANGE THE LINENS. YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO COMPLY.
 
2012-12-02 01:46:22 PM
This is why I keep my policy up to date...
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2012-12-02 01:46:57 PM
The University of Kentucky Med Center has had these little guys roaming around for a while now... I really wanted to dress them up as daleks for halloween.
 
2012-12-02 01:56:38 PM
The first hospital i worked at in about 2003 had these. Seriously not news.
 
2012-12-02 02:08:00 PM
Johnny Five could deliver food too, until they gave him a laser and needed input.
 
2012-12-02 02:12:50 PM
www.robotshop.com

I just bought a Neato X-11 at Costco. It's freaky. Now I want one of those robots from the "I,Robot" movie. Oh, and the iRobot vacuum isn't as good as the Neato. This thing scans the entire room with a laser before it begins.
 
2012-12-02 02:34:58 PM
These didn't turn out so well in the office environment:

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2012-12-02 02:35:44 PM
"Sydney hospital will soon have robots roaming the corridors delivering food, removing linen,"
having contact with sick people, carrying bacterial samples from room to room, spreading disease...

/Hopefully they're hiring "robot sanitizers" in place of the [one would hope] hand-washing humans who would previously have done this labor... 
//A hospital seems like a bad place for a sick person to hang out 
///Today's secret word is: nosocomial
 
2012-12-02 02:42:58 PM
Your floor is now clean! Your floor is now clean!
 
2012-12-02 02:50:34 PM
Nine-fifteen, sang the clock, time to clean.
Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small
cleaning animals, all rubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their mustached
runner, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. They like mysterious invaders, they
popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded. The house was clean.
 
2012-12-02 02:53:28 PM
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2012-12-02 02:57:53 PM
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2012-12-02 03:03:16 PM
"Not only will they assistallow us to reduce staff to do their jobs more efficiently without the risk of painful injuries, they will reduce accidental cross-contamination of goods during transport," Ms Skinner said.
 
2012-12-02 03:23:28 PM
I worked at UPMC Presby in the late 90's and they had these too
 
2012-12-02 03:28:06 PM

Metaluna Mutant: The robots also save the hospital money by also functioning as their bill collectors.


Haha What bill? My last operation cost me $5 - and that was for the pain medication.

//Socialised medicine.
 
2012-12-02 03:31:48 PM
Now all I'm going to hear when I go into a hospital is "Move. Along. Please."

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2012-12-02 05:07:41 PM
So, it's a Robotic Assistant Labor Facilitator. Will it assist a purple-haired Sarah Jessica Parker?
 
2012-12-02 05:13:55 PM

CarrieWhite: Metaluna Mutant: The robots also save the hospital money by also functioning as their bill collectors.

Haha What bill? My last operation cost me $5 - and that was for the pain medication.

//Socialised medicine.


Yep. I spent more money waiting in the cafeteria when my wife was in for a week. Admittedly the coffee was quite overpriced.
 
2012-12-02 07:18:47 PM
Hospital food! It's good for the enviroment and ok for you!
 
2012-12-02 08:32:49 PM
You forgot stealing the medicine, and pushing people down the stairs
 
2012-12-02 08:54:28 PM
If they're delivering food from the cafeteria to a given floor or unit, fine. If, however, they are replacing humans in delivering food to individual patients; that's a horrible idea. It is impossible to assign a single nurse to each patient. The legion of employees tromping in and out of a hospital room with cleaning supplies, to empty the garbage, to deliver the lunch; all have an opportunity to observe the patient and alert a nurse if needed. I briefly worked in a hospital as a teenager. (It's hard to express how much I hated that job.) It was amazing how often someone, who was not part of the care team, ended up alerting those who were to the benefit of the patient. I don't think a food delivery robot will walk into a room and shout down the hall "Hey, can some o'ya'll come down and look at Mr. Smith? He don't look right." Conversely, it's amazing how often humans, with little more training that what is necessary to prepare food or clean, can spot that something is amiss just before a person slides into a seizure or other crisis.
 
2012-12-02 11:48:34 PM
I continue to have the highest enthusiasm for the mission.
 
2012-12-03 10:21:55 AM

BigLuca: The first hospital i worked at in about 2003 had these. Seriously not news.


This. Wasn't the first hospital I worked at, but the one I did in the year 2000 had a robot that delivered meds from the pharmacy to the floors, and it wasn't new then.
 
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