This video from the BBC has a good overview of emerging robotic technology for hospitals, including pharmacy robots, delivery robots, and patient simulators. The latter are perhaps the most interesting, as they allow doctors, nurses, and surgical teams to practise complex procedures and teamwork in a safe environment with no risk to a real patient. Unlike traditional first aid mannequins, the high-tech versions have functioning ‘organs’ that report produce realistic heart beats, blood pressure readings, and breath sounds. All work without special tools, allowing doctors to train with exactly the same equipment they will use on human patients.
The patient simulator comes in a variety of configurations, including male and female adults, children, and a pregnant woman. The video below explains how they are being used to improve medical training.