Terminator it isn’t – yet. But a relief for nurses, you betcha!


Terminator it isn’t – yet. But a relief for nurses, you betcha!

But how far away is it?

I recently had to get an MRI scan at PA hospital. For those of you who have never been to the PA, you would not believe how many kilometres of corridors there are. And that’s presuming you don’t make a wrong turn!

So, swallowing my pride, I decided to actually use my wheelchair for the first time in almost 2 years. It was easier for my long suffering wife and much faster than having to wait for a ‘porter’ (they are called that, not sure why).

Ever tried to open a door from a wheelchair?

Easy, one would think. Think again.

I spent nearly a year in hospital the first time round. Towards the fourth month, I had advanced enough to be in a wheelchair. Then I discovered how difficult it is to open a toilet door. Once opened (they all seem to open inward), you then have to figure out how to open it from the inside, watch the video. Imagine yourself as the robot . Not as easy as it seems….
here is the MP4 video, which you can save . Or click HERE to view on youtube

Now you may be saying to yourself, ‘OK, that’s pretty cool, so what’. But think for a moment.

Many patients with some disability, even temporary, such as a broken leg have to (or are required to) use a wheelchair. Crutches are common as well. I winder how many man-hours are used daily by highly trained professional nurses just opening doors.

I know I can’t even begin to think how many dozens of times I had to press the buzzer from inside the toilet or shower, just to be let out! No kidding, not much fun. Although it is a fine incentive to get oneself motivated to learn how to walk again!

Where will it end? Drones opening doors, courtesy of Amazon?

I suggest you watch ‘Bicentennial Man’, the movie – based on Isaac Asimov’s novella of the same name. Written in 1976, I wonder if even Asimov would have expected robots such as these by the year 2018, a mere 40 years later?

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