Device to Save Hospitals Billions

September 29, 2004 | Source:

New Zealand engineers and medical experts are developing a computer program that senses the level of pain a patient is in and measures the exact amount of pain relief and sedative drugs they need.

Using a digital video camera, it determines what level of agitation a patient is experiencing.

They hope their development will eventually save hospitals throughout the world billions of dollars in wasted drugs and help speed up patient recovery.