Robotic nurse measures patients’ vital signs remotely

Operating the robot with a handheld device, medical personnel can soon talk with patients about their symptoms, while measuring these vitals – from another room.

Researchers modify Boston Dynamics & # 39;  Robot spots like dogs to measure patients & # 39;  vital sign.

The university said in a news release that researchers are using and planning to use a robot on healthy volunteers that show Kovid-19 symptoms in a hospital setting.

MIT postdoc Henwei Huang said, “In robotics, one of our goals is to use automation and robotic technology to drive people out of dangerous jobs.” “We thought it should be possible for us to use robots to remove the risk of exposing the health care worker directly to the patient.”
A tablet mounted to robots, spots, such as Boston Dynamics’ Dog, allows communication with patients. The robot is also equipped with an infrared camera, along with three monochrome cameras capable of filtering different wavelengths of light, which releases.

These four cameras can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation from 6 1/2 feet (2 m) away.

“We don’t really develop new technology to do measurements,” Huang says. “One of the things we did is integrate them together, specifically for the Kovid application, to analyze different vital signals at the same time.”

Researchers hope to focus on triage applications in the short term, ultimately with the goal of deploying such robots in patients’ hospital rooms to constantly monitor them and doctors without having to step into them Permitted to investigate.


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