In Kazan, simulator-‘patient’ can breathe, cry and even die
Alumni from the department of physics at Kazan State University in the mid-Volga area and their partners from among medical practitioners are said to have created a robot-‘patient’.
According to the Vesti TV website, this is a simulator that can bleed, breathe, increase the size of its eye pupil, and even die.
The simulator trains future physicians in an environment that is similar enough to real-time work. Before the trainees are allowed to meet living patients, they have to pass an exam—with the robot as chief examiner.
The simulator emulates the movement of the lungs; one can listen to cardiac tones, too. There’s flow of tears, saliva and sweat. This silicone puppet can even cry when ‘feeling’ pain. It is believed to react to surgery very much like the human body, ‘convalescing’ if a trainee has chosen the right therapy. In a simulated surgery, real medical instruments are used. More than a hundred complex surgeries are said to have already been prepared for, using these robots.
“One can train a team here, polishing interaction between a surgeon and an anesthesiologist. This is a breakthrough in medicine. No such offer is available in the market,” thinks Arslan Valiev, the CEO of the Regional Engineering Center for Medical Simulators which has actually put the project together.
The developers claim the Kazan puppets are “considerably less expensive” than the international competition as all the components have been made in the region.