The Ethical Use Of Medical Robots In Medicine

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Robots in Medicine
At one point in life, we all are going to face death! Weather cancer, a stroke, a disease, or a car accident. That’s a truth we can’t hide from, but with the help of medical robots there are now shorter stays at the hospital, less invasive surgeries, easily interpreted medical imaging, and portable medical equipment to use at home. Medical robots have significantly advanced the diagnosis in diseases, which gives a better chance for the doctors to make a more efficient recovery plan for the patient. Medical robots are also used in surgeries. “The first documented use of robot-assisted surgical procedure occurred in 1985 when the PUMA 560 robotic surgical arm was used in a delicate neurosurgical biopsy. Robotic surgery has
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Which had “increased from $75 billion in 1970 to $4.0 trillion in 2015.” (Kaiser Family Foundation) “The average cost of a one-day stay in a hospital has now risen to over $500, the total cost of a coronary bypass operation and fallow-up treatments has reached $37,300, and the average cost of delivering a baby now exceeds $2500.” (Santa Clara University)
The value of the medical robots being used in the hospitals are the differences between the benefits and costs. “The most important benefit is the value of a better health, longer life as well as improved quality of life. A second benefit of medical innovation is its effect on the financial situation of others. Increase in production that results from technology allows people to work and earn more.” (David M Cutler and Mark McClellan) Medical technology can also reduce the mortality rates and increase the quality of
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“Insulin pumps can track, calculate, and adjust blood sugar. Pacemakers track the heartbeat and send the information to a doctor who may be able to adjust the device from the office” This reduces the amount of doctor visits, and gives the doctors “more options when it comes to deciding which device will prevent or slow he disease’s progress” (Kasey Panetta) Portable medical devices are a great way to monitor and continue treatments at home, or anywhere the patient might go.
Although the use of portable medical devices “improve the homecare environment” there are security risks that come along. “Researchers have recently shown you can hack insulin pump and tell the device to dump all the insulin at once and also that a pacemaker can be hacked to deliver a fatal shock to the wearer.” (Kasey Panetta) Another concern is “malware and system crashes with connected devises” which can be a deadly situation.
There is a security risk for the portable medical devices, but “all firmware updates or changes must go through a series of stringent tests” after the tests are complete there needs to be safety check and it has to be

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