A side effect from the COVID pandemic has been showing us just how easily things can turn south where large groups of people accumulate, and this is true with any virus or disease.
Now that the world has grown so much more attuned to this issue, future will be shaped by a concerted effort to reduce human contact in sensitive areas such as hospitals and surgeries.
In this article, we will be discussing just a few of the changes that are going to take place in the near future that will minimize the number of people who have to be present in hospitals with the aim of minimizing COVID spread as well as any other viruses in the future.
Innovations In Medical Equipment
Recently there has been a major effort from a wide range of companies to design new tech that reduces the need for extra personnel as well as having the side effect of negating human error.
The reasoning behind this is relatively simple; lower numbers of staff present during an operation drastically reduces the transmission of any deadly pathogens as well as minimizing the risk of personnel catching said pathogen and having to isolate – potentially leading to more lives lost.
On a smaller scale, this may not seem like it would make a substantial difference. Although, when taking a much more expansive view, this has the potential to save millions of lives as well as reducing the severity of future pandemics.
For example, June Medical has recently designed a self-retaining retractor, which, as the name suggests, no longer needs someone to hold it in order to maintain tension, as well as being easily adjustable with just one hand.
The lasting effects of this innovation will likely mean there will be fewer staff members in operating rooms, reducing the chance of any viruses or diseases spreading.
Something that may send shudders down many people’s spines is that of AI and robotic surgeons. Sure, it may sound like something out of a horror movie, but the benefits this will bring to humanity is incalculable.
In the unfortunate event that another pandemic happens in the future, robotic surgeons could mean the difference between life or death.
As seen with the COVID pandemic, having human personnel performing surgery and taking care of sick patients causes a wide array of diverse problems, all of which could be negated by robotic staff.
AI doctors would not be able to transmit a virus, and they wouldn’t be able to get sick if they caught said virus.
Because of all the aforementioned points, AI surgeons and staff could completely revolutionize how hospitals function.
The reduction in personnel may seem like a bad thing to some, and people who do not know the motivations behind this change may think there is malicious intent at play.
However, reducing personnel may increase the efficiency of hospitals in the case that there are any future COVID waves as well as any other future viruses, and it may just save millions of lives due to the reduced spread potential.