In a previous post we discussed the robotic Kepler intubation system. We thought it was a cool concept, but didn’t really believe anyone would put it to use on human subjects any time soon. Well, they already did. In BJA they recently published a small case series. The Kepler achieved an intubation success rate of 91%. It´s here.

The Kepler system does of course need people to position the patient optimally, and the patients for this study were easy to intubate. So any trained human intubator should achieve 100% successrate with this population. It seems like it will take a few years before Kepler will make itself useful. And probably never. The technology is still pretty cool.

Edit April 22: Our posts about the Kepler intubation system prompted the author of KI docs to accuse us of being propellor heads. For those of you who haven’t had the luxury of owning and operating a smart, well fitted propellor hat – basically he is saying we’re dorks. 

Check out his excellent blog. It may not be around for much longer… Hear that gently fluttering spinning sound in the distance Tim?  

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  1. It’s cool, in a kind of ‘propellor head’ geeky way

    But what’s the point of it?

  2. K says:

    Oh just you wait Tim. I predict that in the future, poor minimum wage anaesthetists sitting in some dark sweat-shop here in Norway will teletube your patients on Kangaroo island. And those starving anaesthetists’ wealthy boss will be wearing a propellor hat.

  3. Tele-tube?

    There was a TV show about something similar…or was that teletubbies?

    I’d vetter get shares in Kepler before it’s too late

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