How Nursing Robots Can Relieve Caregivers

In “Estelle Midi” on RMC and RMC Story this Tuesday, Anthony Morrell explains how robots already used in the United States and Japan come to the hospital to help nursing staff.

Although consolidation is planned in hospitals across France this Tuesday to specifically warn of staff shortages, using robots to alleviate nurses and caregivers could be a solution. It is obviously a tool that can help relieve labor problems and work overload in the hospital. There are several examples, including robots already deployed in the United States or Japan. Moxie, the robot nurse, is a 1m60 humanoid programmed to walk around the hospital and avoid dozens of round trips of medicine, equipment, medical supplies, transportation and their day to place nurses. If necessary, we send him an SMS with what we need (medicine, compresses, etc.) and room number. He would pick them up in the middle of the hospital, pick them up using a facial recognition system and pliers and take them to their destination. Save enough time in a day.

There is also Robier, which is designed to perform one of the most difficult tasks for caregivers on a daily basis: lifting a patient from their bed into a wheelchair. This is a big robot in the shape of a huge teddy bear. He weighs 130 kilograms and has an impressive amount of energy that allows him to move in his big robotic arm, a patient who can’t move to keep him in a chair, bathtub or bed … Thanks to the pressure sensor, he will accurately measure his movements and his strength, According to the size and fragility of the person, do not crush him. This robot can also be used as a house helper, as the aging of the population will become an increasingly important issue.

Enable caregivers to focus on care and relationships

Should we fear inhumanity in the hospital with these robots? It’s the other way around! We are going to thank more people for these robots. They will discreetly take care of the least qualified, the most tedious, the most time consuming tasks … and allow the caregivers to run around less and focus on what they don’t have time for: caring and relationship with the patient, being a good example of being human. Hall telepresence robot, which allows doctors to round them up from a distance. A humanoid robot mounted on wheels has a head-like screen showing the face of a doctor who will be able to see patients from a distance behind his webcam. Talk to them with an interpolated screen, even listen to them, since you can connect a stethoscope to this robot. Not to mention companion robots, for example will play with sick children. Or cleaning and disinfection robots. Specially adopted since the Kovid, they emit UVC rays that destroy viruses and bacteria. A valuable aid for hospital cleaning.

There is still a question, the cost … although the hospital system is already inactive, do we really have a way to carry such technology? It is true that these robots are expensive, tens of thousands or even a few thousand euros … After that, you need to look at the return on investment that it can generate: less staff required, less burnout among caregivers, and optimal quality of healthcare. It should be noted that we are still following the argument that robots are going to steal all our work, but there are plenty of jobs where, on the contrary, they are a powerful solution to limit labor shortages and rigidity. We are in the concept of “cobotics”, which is human-machine collaboration. Another question that arises is computer security. Although hospitals are the main target of hackers, relying on bots creates additional vulnerabilities.

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