May 17, 2020

Hair removal treatment: Laser treatment or Electrolysis treatment

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Written by Marie Laser and Electrolysis both are permanent hair removal techniques. Unwanted hairs, especially facial hairs, can be removed with the h...

Written by Marie

 

Laser and Electrolysis both are permanent hair removal techniques. Unwanted hairs, especially facial hairs, can be removed with the help of either of two techniques. In Laser treatment, a hand-held unit or light bar emits an intense light that damages the hair bulb and follicle which can be normally performed at a spa or dermatology clinic. In Electrolysis treatment, a dermatologist or physician inserts a hair-like, tiny probe into the actual follicle and delivers a tiny electrical shock to the hair root which results in permanent damage to the hair, root and reproductive cells of follicle itself. Electrolysis treatment can be considered as a tedious process, as each hair is treated individually in this process and the roots of the hair are destroyed one by one individually.

Both hair removal treatments can be done in order to remove hair permanently. Both these treatments have equal advantages and disadvantages. Following is a short discussion on advantages and disadvantages of both the hair removal treatments. First we shall start discussion with laser hair removal technique and later on continue our discussion with electrolysis hair removal techniques.

Laser Hair Removal:

Advantages:

  • Less time: This treatment is less time consuming as compared to electrolysis. As this treatment covers a wide area in one time so it takes less time in treatment.
  • Pain factor: This treatment is relatively pain-free treatment but depending on the part where you go and who does the treatment. If any pain is felt, then it usually feels very mild, almost like getting a small spot of hot cooking oil on the skin.
  • Availability: Laser hair treatment centers are easily available at your near by places.

Disadvantages:

  • Number of treatments: To get optimal result, one has to visit the laser treatment center regularly for 5-6 times, each costs money!
  • Cost: As per laser treatment is concerned, the treatment cost is quite high. Each visit costs $150-$200.
  • Not permanent: Laser treatment is not a permanent option. Instead it reduces the growth of hair.

Electrolysis Hair Removal:

Advantages:

  • Permanent: It removes hair permanently and a better option to get rid from unwanted hair.
  • Cost: It requires 25-30 regular visits each costing around $60, to see better results.

Disadvantages:

  • Finding a licensed electrologist: Licensed electrologist is hard to find in your near by areas. You have to search a lot for finding a reliable electrologist.
  • Time: Process of electrolysis is quite lengthy. Each hair is treated individually which results in more time.
  • Pain factor: A small electric current is passed through hair follicle which is not unbearable, but slight more than that using laser hair removal treatment.
  • These are some of the points to choose which treatment is better to use. Considering time factor, pain factor and availability, best hair removal is lasertechnique. While considering cost and lifetime permanent effect, electrolysis technique can be opted for getting more effective results.

 

About the Author

Marie, a dermatologist has experience on both these hair removal techniques. Based on her experience on both the techniques she has well-versed the topic and tried to make out difference between the two type of treatments. Considering her personal view, she considers best hair removal treatment is laser treatment. 

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Jun 11, 2021

How UiPath robots are helping with the NHS backlog

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UiPath software robots are helping clinicians at Dublin's Mater Hospital save valuable time

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hospitals to have logistical nightmares, as backlogs of surgeries built up as a result of cancellations. The BMJ has estimated it will take the UK's National Health Service (NHS) a year and a half to recover

However software robots can help, by automating computer-based processes such as replenishing inventory, managing patient bookings, and digitising patient files. Mark O’Connor, Public Sector Director for Ireland at UiPath, tells us how they deployed robots at Mater Hospital in Dublin, saving clinicians valuable time. 

When Did Mater Hospital implement the software robots - was it specifically to address the challenges of the pandemic? 
The need for automation at Mater Hospital pre-existed the pandemic but it was the onset of COVID-19 that got the team to turn to the technology and start introducing software robots into the workflow of doctors and nurses. 

The pandemic placed an increased administrative strain on the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) department at Mater Hospital in Dublin. To combat the problem and ensure that nurses could spend more time with their patients and less time on admin, the IPC deployed its first software robots in March 2020. 

The IPC at Mater plans to continue using robots to manage data around drug resistant microbes such as MRSA once the COVID-19 crisis subsides. 

What tasks do they perform? 
In the IPC at Mater Hospital, software robots have taken the task of reporting COVID-19 test results. Pre-automation, the process created during the 2003 SARS outbreak required a clinician to log into the laboratory system, extract a disease code and then manually enter the results into a data platform. This was hugely time consuming, taking up to three hours of a nurse’s day. 

UiPath software robots are now responsible for this task. They process the data in a fraction of the time, distributing patient results in minutes and consequently freeing up to 18 hours of each IPC nurse’s time each week, and up to 936 hours over the course of a year. As a result, the healthcare professionals can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on repetitive tasks and admin work. 

Is there any possibility of error with software robots, compared to humans? 
By nature, humans are prone to make mistakes, especially when working under pressure, under strict deadlines and while handling a large volume of data while performing repetitive tasks.  

Once taught the process, software robots, on the other hand, will follow the same steps every time without the risk of the inevitable human error. Simply speaking, robots can perform data-intensive tasks more quickly and accurately than humans can. 

Which members of staff benefit the most, and what can they do with the time saved? 
In the case of Mater Hospital, the IPC unit has adopted a robot for every nurse approach. This means that every nurse in the department has access to a robot to help reduce the burden of their admin work. Rather than spending time entering test results, they can focus on the work that requires their human ingenuity, empathy and skill – taking care of their patients. 

In other sectors, the story is no different. Every job will have some repetitive nature to it. Whether that be a finance department processing thousands of invoices a day or simply having to send one daily email. If a task is repetitive and data-intensive, the chances are that a software robot can help. Just like with the nurses in the IPC, these employees can then focus on handling exceptions and on work that requires decision making or creativity - the work that people enjoy doing. 

How can software robots most benefit healthcare providers both during a pandemic and beyond? 
When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, software robots were deployed to lessen the administrative strain healthcare professionals were facing and give them more time to care for an increased number of patients. With hospitals around the world at capacity, every moment with a patient counted. 

Now, the NHS and other healthcare providers face a huge backlog of routine surgeries and procedures following cancellations during the pandemic. In the UK alone, 5 million people are waiting for treatment and it’s estimated that this could cause 6,400 excess deaths by the end of next year if the problem isn’t rectified.

Many healthcare organisations have now acquired the skills needed to deploy automation, therefore it will be easier for them to build more robots to respond to the backlog going forwards. Software robots that had been processing registrations at COVID test sites, for example, could now be taught how to schedule procedures, process patient details or even manage procurement and recruitment to help streamline the processes associated with the backlog. The possibilities are vast. 

The technology, however, should not be considered a short-term, tactical and reactive solution that can be deployed in times of crisis. Automation has the power to solve systematic problems that healthcare providers face year-round. Hospital managers should consider the wider challenge of dealing with endless repetitive work that saps the energy of professionals and turns attention away from patient care and discuss how investing in a long-term automation project could help alleviate these issues. 

How widely adopted is this technology in healthcare at the moment?
Automation was being used in healthcare around the world before the pandemic, but the COVID-19 outbreak has certainly accelerated the trend.  

Automation’s reach is wide. From the NHS Shared Business Service in the UK to the Cleveland Clinic in the US and healthcare organisations in the likes of Norway, India and Canada, we see a huge range of healthcare providers deploying automation technology. 

Many healthcare providers, however, are still in the early stages of their journeys or are just discovering automation’s potential because of the pandemic. I expect to see the deployment of software robots in healthcare grow over the coming years as its benefits continue to be realised globally. 

How do you see this technology evolving in the future? 
If one thing is certain, it’s that the technology will continue to evolve and grow over time – and I believe there will come a point in time when all processes that can be automated, will be automated. This is known as the fully automated enterprise. 

By joining all automation projects into one enterprise-wide effort, the healthcare industry can tap into the full benefits of the technology. This will involve software robots becoming increasingly intelligent in order to reach and improve more processes. Integrating the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into automation, for example, will allow providers to reach non-rule-based processes too. 

We are already seeing steps towards this being taken by NHS Shared Business Service, for example. The organisation, which provides non-clinical services to around two-thirds of all NHS provider trusts and every clinical commissioning organisation in the UK, is working to create an entire eco-system of robots. It believes that no automation should be looked at in isolation, but rather the technology should stretch across departments and functions. As such, inefficiencies in the care pathway can be significantly reduced, saving healthcare providers a substantial amount of time and money. 

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