Self-navigating robot transforms neurocritical care


This video from UCLA Medical Center features, Paul Vespa, director of neurocritial care at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA, and EVA, the neurointensive care unit’s “executive virtual attending” physician. NeuroNews is inviting views from experts on the use of robotic technology in patient care.

In the age of 24/7 connectivity, the video shows how the department, which introduced a remote-presence robot into its neurological intensive care unit in 2005, now welcomes the first robot able to navigate the hospital on its own.

NeuroNews would like to invite physicians to share their views on the increasing use of telepresence robots that aid in meeting intensive care needs. Does such an arrangement set a new frontier in patient safety? Is there a loss in the face-to-face interaction between doctor and patient? Write in with your comments at the end of the story.