With various technological advancements that have been made over the years, the healthcare industry continues to grow every day. As the human population increases, these developments help to meet the healthcare demands of millions of people from all parts of the world. As the industry grows, there is a need for more industry workers. There is currently a shortage of human resources in healthcare. Most of the developments in healthcare are brought about by different health engineering professionals from various disciplines that include chemical, biomedical, computer and industrial. The professionals in healthcare can be anyone like dentists, physicians, nurses, surgeons or pharmacists. Each of their work has brought remarkable changes to the healthcare industry with the use of engineering advances.
Use of Bioelectric Medicine
Bioelectric medicine is also referred to as electroceuticals. It makes use of technology to treat specific diseases and injury. With the help of the nervous system, electrical signals can pass information throughout the entire human body. It makes it possible to implant devices that either block or stimulate the nerves against a patient’s skin or on their nerve. Consequently, this regulates a particular nerve activity in the body. It can also cause changes in the way various organs function and restore health without the patient having to suffer the negative effects of the drugs that they might be taking. These devices have made treating various illnesses easier than before, and the patients don’t have to suffer so much.
Hospitals all over the world use wireless mechatronics to make their work more efficient. Some of them include phones for communication, micro-pumps, and pacemakers. Cell phones are crucial for both internal and external communication in medical centers. Research shows that more than 86% of hospitals in the world make use of mobile phones to keep in touch with their patients. This helps them to know how they are progressing and provide medical advice when need be. Medical practitioners also use cell phones to communicate with their colleagues as well as their superiors. This ensures that all their operations run smoothly making the healthcare centers more efficient. Others like the defibrillator come in handy when treating cardiac dysrhythmia, which is highly fatal.
Treatment of Headaches
Research shows that a migraine is the third most common illness in the world and it affects up to a billion people. Nerve stimulation can be used to treat severe headaches and rid the healthcare industry of one of its most prevalent diseases. Most of them are related to the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), which is a facial nerve bundle in the human body. Tests are ongoing to confirm that Autonomic Technologies can be used to block the sphenopalatine ganglion signals where the root of a migraine usually is.
With engineers still developing such devices, they could find a solution to other illnesses that continue to cause discomfort and claim lives in the world.
Use of 3D models
3D printing was developed in 1983, and it has facilitated significant advancements in the healthcare industry. The printers are used by medical engineers to build medical and dental implants. They can also come in handy when creating prosthetics so that patients who have lost critical parts of their bodies, like limbs, can be able to lead better lives. Surgeons can use 3D models to understand better anatomical procedures that are complicated. This helps them to plan successful operations and know the best treatment that a particular patient needs.
Again, the models can be used to build human skin. People who have suffered from burns and irreparable skin damages due to accidents now have hope.
Cancer kills an incredibly large number of people in the world, regardless of their gender or age. Even though, there has been a decline in the number of deaths due to the disease. This could be because of the slow drug systems that were invented the 1980s. They revolutionized chemotherapy and gave the patients a better chance to fight the illness.
There is no denying that engineering has changed the healthcare industry by providing solutions to many problems. It has helped to treat various diseases like cancer, migraines and even heart complications. With the use of devices like cell phones, medical centers have become more efficient.
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