Anesthesiology: Robot of Life & Death

Sim One has a heart beat, pulse and blood pressure. His chest moves as if it were breathing, his eyes dilate, his muscles twitch, his mouth opens and closes. Sim (for simulator) One is a fiber-glass-and-steel robot, designed to play the part of a patient for anesthesiologists in training at Los Angeles County General Hospital.

Sim One is particularly good for practice in endotracheal intubation, a technique that involves slipping a tube into the patient's windpipe and administering anesthetic gases through it directly into the lungs. The procedure, used in 90% of all major surgery, requires so much delicacy and speed...

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