Soon registered nurses will have a little more help completing their daily tasks.
RE2 Robotics recently announced a partnership with the University of Texas Arlington to develop an Adaptive Robotic Nurse Assistant for the National Science Foundation, or NSF, according to a news release.
The goal of the project is to provide registered nurses with assistive robots to support their actives in the hospital setting, according to the release. Associate Professor Dan Popa is leading the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity grant titled “Adaptive Robotic Nursing Assistants for Physical Tasks in Hospital Environments.”
“We envision our robotic nursing assistant will perform the more routine duties that must be done by nurses daily, such as sitting with a patient that is trying to get out of bed and walking with a patient,” Popa said, according to the release. “RE2’s mobile manipulation and robotic nursing design experience make the company an ideal partner for this program.”
The robotic nursing assistant will be equipped with RE2’s robotic manipulator arms, according to the release, and is expected to reduce the on-the-job injuries nurses suffer while lifting and moving patients.
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