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From the world of medicine comes a story about how technology is replacing more and more hospital workers.
And I’m not talking about janitors, parking valets or the guy serving you the coffee with his tip jar in the cafeteria. No, technology and automation will soon be replacing your anesthesiologist.
These highly paid doctors are some of the most boring people you will ever meet. They put most people to sleep.
They also have an interesting profession. When most people are doing work for you, you can stand there and monitor their progress such as the plumber, roofer, washing machine repairer or car mechanic. Anesthesiologists make sure there won’t be any witnesses, because they render you unconscious first. How convenient.
Well, some upstart inventor has come up with a machine that will put you to sleep automatically and do it for cheaper. Anesthesiologists go through a rigorous education usually requiring eight years of medical school and then four additional years of training after that compared to the new sedation machines, which require a 120-volt outlet and 4 AA batteries for a backup.
Still anesthesiologists aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. People are increasingly calling for their use for uncomfortable procedures where they prefer to be knocked out like colonoscopies and IRS tax audits.
And these new machines typically use the drug propofol, which got some bad press when Michael Jackson died while using it at home. That should teach you to never attempt a colonoscopy on your own without adult supervision.
Most people describe the drug’s effect as being like a light switch, which you turn off and on. There’s no annoying hangover when you wake up and you have no memory of the any events during that time. Sounds like politicians use propofol a lot.
And finally, in addition to these sedation machines, hospitals are considering replacing the nurses who remove the feces and urine of patients confined to a hospital bed with a similar automated device. However, most people don’t think it will pan out.
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