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Website spotlight: Nurses vs. robots: No contest

Nurse Leader Insider, March 7, 2011

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

An article about robotic technology caused a minor controversy last week when it appeared to imply that "nurse" robots could replace scrub nurses. The flurry of emails and discussion it generated illustrates the nursing profession's perception problems.

The seemingly innocuous piece discussed fascinating hand gesture recognition technology developed by Juan Pablo Wachs, assistant professor of industrial engineering, and others at Purdue University.

Visual recognition technology has previously been the purview of science fiction. With Wachs’ prototype, it's potentially a few short years away from implementation in operating rooms around the country.

Editor's note: Read the rest of this free article by visiting Nurses vs. robots: No contest found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

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