Ebola-fighting tele-nursing robots

Mockup of the ebola robot and opeator consoleThe Intelligent Motion Lab was awarded an NSF Ebola RAPID grant to develop tele-nursing robots that would help nurses perform routine care of infectious or immunocompromised patients remotely, reducing the frequency and duration of personal contact. Dr. Hauser and his team are assembling remote-controlled robots consisting of a teleconference head, arms, and a mobile base. Working with the Duke School of Nursing, they are determining high-priority tasks in infectious disease care, such as taking vital signs, cleaning bodily fluids, bringing and food, drink, and medication. The team will then develop operator assistance algorithms to allow nurses to control those tasks intuitively and reliably. The team envisions that a majority of clinical tasks can be performed via the robot, while keeping training times minimal and system costs relatively low (less than $100,000).  (Contact: Intelligent Motion Laboratory, Hauser)

Website: http://motion.pratt.duke.edu/nursing/index.html