Medical attention, of course, involves much more than the carving of tissue by surgeons. For example, post-operative care, hospital rehabilitation and sojourns in nursing homes may all be vital to a patient’s recovery. Here there is a role that could be played by a robotic paranurse rather than the parasurgeon of Chapter 2. Floor nurses have a hierarchy of duties that can be ranked in order of priority. The list below shows the activities in a descending order of urgency. Obviously a nurse must first respond to a life-threatening situation. Way down on the list might be bringing a patient the Wall Street Journal.
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