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Discovery Files - "Robo Nurse"

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Discovery Files - "Robo Nurse"

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SOUND (hospital paging system): "Surgical assistant to the O.R. stat. Surgical assistant to the O.R..."

I'm Bob Karson with "The Discovery Files" -- new advances in science and engineering from the National Science Foundation.

New York Presbyterian Hospital. It's Penelope's first time assisting doctors in a real operation. She's not nervous, and in fact she's performing flawlessly.

Penelope is the first robotic surgical instrument server to perform independently during an actual surgery.

Utilizing a combination of artificial intelligence, voice recognition and robotics, Penelope responds to a surgeon's request for each instrument, hands it to the doctor, retrieves it, and even keeps track of surgical tools in the busy O.R.

By accomplishing some of the more mundane tasks, Penelope frees nurses to concentrate more on the patient.

This could be useful other ways. Penelope...hand me the remote. Thank you.

SOUND (Penelope): "You're welcome, doctor."

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