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8 Healthcare Robots making Strides in the European Market
Wide variety of robots are mushrooming in the European medical robotics market and in near future hospitals will inevitably work with various medical robots.
FREMONT, CA: The Europe medical robotics market is expected to witness market growth of 8% during the year 2018-2024. The primary factor contributing to this growth is that governments in the regions have a various healthcare plan for citizens. The growing trend of using medical robots seems to have gotten wide popularity in the last few years. Healthcare tech companies are coming up with innovative enhancements to it. The advancements are designed to improve the quality of care and to help with various therapies and deliver direct patient care. Future scope of medical robotics is exploring new functions and read on to know more about it.
• Surgical Robots
Robot-assisted surgery allows physicians to perform several complex procedures with precision, flexibility, and control than what was possible with conventional techniques. Surgical robots are usually used for minimally invasive surgery and are sometimes used in traditional open surgical procedures. The widely used clinical robot in European market includes a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them. The surgeon can control the arms while sitting at a computer console near the operating table. With this, surgeons can perform delicate and complex procedures that may have been difficult with other methods.
• Bionic Prostheses
European healthcare tech firms are developing interesting and purposeful initiatives in medical bionics, and their applications are used in real-time clinical trials. Bionic prostheses use electronics to restore biological functions that have been lost or compromised. With bionics, deaf people can hear, visually impaired can see, and paralysed can walk. Bionic limbs are popular among them, which works with muscle activity of the section of muscle that is remaining after the amputation.
Endoscopy is the procedure where a small camera or tool on along wire is shoved into the body to search for damage, foreign objects, or traces of diseases. It is a delicate procedure, and European healthcare technology solution providers are making new improvements. Firms are mostly focusing on the integration of the latest advancements in robotics, endoscope design, sensing, and data science to better outcomes and reduce costs. With the improvements, robotic endoscopy is increasingly being accepted. It falls into three categories robot-assisted rigid endoscopy, robot-assisted flexible endoscopy, and active GI endoscopy.
• Robotic Exoskeletons
Robotic exoskeletons are best known for improving mobility among people with paraplegia. They are developing and increasingly becoming useful for patients. European medical robotics market is witnessing innovations in this area, and it is making a massive difference in the lives of patients. One of the popular exoskeleton available in the market helps stroke and spinal cord injury sufferers back on their feet. They are also used for correcting malformations or rehabilitation after a brain by providing weak muscles with the help they need to perform movements and begin healing damage. Most of the exoskeleton today work through a combination of user input and pre-set actions.
• Therapy Microbot
Though relatively a new entrant in the European market, therapy microbot is highly promising. The work using near-microscopic mechanical particles to localize a drug or other therapy-specific target site within the body. They are also used to deliver radiation to a tumour or to reduce side effects by mounting it to the organ where it might be required. New research has generated microbots with tiny, helical tails that can be navigated through magnetic fields to spin themselves forward through blood vessels to a specific area in the body.
• Disinfectant Robots
A growing number of hospitals look to deploy robots which kill bacteria as they seek to stop harmful and deadly hospital-acquired infections. And since hospitals use large amounts of antibiotics, it can become a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This makes it essential for hospitals to stay clean, which is not error-prone. Modern disinfectant robots are a perfect solution to tackle this challenge. Disinfectant robots can autonomously move to rooms and bombard them with high powered ultraviolet rays for few minutes until no microorganism is found alive.
• Antibacterial Nanorobots
Nanobots are tiny machines made of gold nanowires and coated with platelets and red blood cells that clear bacterial infections directly from a patient's blood. The idea is mimicking a bacteria target and then entangling them in nanowire when the bacteria is nearer. Nanobots can be directed through the patient's body with targeted ultrasound to accelerate the process and to treat the localized infections. They can potentially be used as broad-spectrum antibiotics which could have an immense impact in the fight against the rise of antibiotic-resistant diseases.
• Robotic Nurses
Robots can be programmed to care for those in need by scanning a human body for illness or injury, assessing the environment, and providing treatment. There are robotic nurses in the European robotic market to address these needs. They can even lift a person from a lying or sitting position and move them to another location. They are also equipped with cameras and tactile sensors that prevent slipping. These personal care robots need to work closely with humans. The robots that help with patient transfers and others will reduce physical stress on care assistants and allocate time more efficiently. Nurse robots are programmed with algorithms that reduce calculation errors to virtually zero, so it will eventually be safer for patients.
Adopting change is often challenging, and robotics in healthcare is a bigger one. It has the potential to do so much good and lead medical care to a new level. To reap the benefits, healthcare providers must stay informed about the strides that tech providers make, which can better prepare them to embrace change.
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