A hospital in Japan is now using a computer to take care of patients after open-heart surgery.
A hospital in Japan is now using a computer to take care of patients after open-heart surgery. The computer, at present only able to be linked with one patient at a time, provides continual diagnosis and even orders required treatment. Later, the unit will have up to eight patients hooked up to it at any one time. The equipment--a unique medical breakthrough--can recognise emergency symptoms, and if not able to treat those symptoms itself will call a doctor.
SYNOPSIS: A unique medical breakthrough in Japan--doctors at one hospital, the Heart Institute of Tokyo, are now using a computer to take care of patients after open-heart surgery. The unit, the first of its kind anywhere, is able to provide continual diagnosis of the patient's condition and can even order certain required treatment. If unable to treat certain emergency symptoms, it calls a doctor. At the moment it can only handle one patient at a time--but is being developed to take up to eight.
Electrodes and tubes continually feed data to the computer form the patient--in this case a five-year-old boy recovering from open-heart surgery on the ventricle. Necessary treatment, when required is then ordered by the computer. In the case of cardiac arrest--that's heart failure--the computer sounds emergency signals to call doctor.
Before a patient goes into the operating theatre, the computer is fed basic data on his condition. Immediately after the operation, the patient is hooked to the unit which continually scent the body function every ten minutes. In an emergency--or at time-- doctors can press a button and get an instant printed report on the patient's condition.
Work on the computer began two years ago, and to date it has take care of 25 patients. Soon, it will take eight patients simultaneously....a major break-through in the world of medicine.