Saturday, May 3, 2008

Canadian researchers develop automated anesthesia system dubbed McSleepy

TORONTO — First there was McDreamy. Then came McSteamy. Now there's McSleepy.

No, the latest addition isn't yet another hunky doc from the TV series "Grey's Anatomy," but an automated anesthesiologist developed by Canadian researchers that sends patients to the surgical equivalent of the Land of Nod.

Scientists at McGill University in Montreal believe they are the first in the world to perform surgery using a totally automated system for administering the drugs needed for general anesthetic.

Dubbed McSleepy, the computerized system administers three standard drugs used for putting patients under for surgery and monitors their separate effects automatically, without the need for manual intervention.

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