This health video focuses on the use of robots in the intensive care unit (ICU).
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Jennifer Matthews: Cardiac surgeon Michael Black is making his rounds with this, a four foot tall, metal robot! Dr. Michael Black: What can be better than being available almost all of the time? Jennifer Matthews: Using a joystick, Doctor Black operates the robot from his office or even from home. Dr. Michael Black: Before I go to bed at night from home, I can check in with my robot. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Black drives the robot right into patients' rooms. Thanks to cameras, this is what patients and their families see -- and this is what the doctor sees. Doctor Black can also read lab work, X-rays, and even monitors. More importantly, he can see the small patients. Michael Black: Unlike an adult who can say, 'I don't feel well,' the verbal communication skills are absent, and so, it's wonderful to see what the kid looks like. Jennifer Matthews: And he can explain treatment to parents any time, day or night. Wini Delange and her son, Bas loved having access to the robot. Wini Delange: The doctor would be right there if we would need him. Bas Delange: If I was in pain, the doctor could just come immediately. Jennifer Matthews: And for some, just knowing Doctor Black can always be there makes all the difference. Bas Delange: I felt safe. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.