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Improving Patient Experience, Robots to monitor patients in ICUs

by Prosenjit bhattacharya

Date & Time: Jan 19, 2023 1:00 PM

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In Bengaluru, robots are common, but a city government hospital is now experimenting with them in intensive care units (ICUs). A "robot" has been installed at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) to monitor patients in intensive care units. Because it reduces human-to-human contact, the hospital administration believes the robot can replace the deployment of multiple doctors, which is critical during the treatment of infectious diseases.

The 'Dr Tele Robot' robot was purchased with corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for Rs 30 lakh, according to Dr C Nagaraja, RGICD director. "This robot is currently in use in our intensive care unit. When RGICD was treating covid patients, we used this as a pilot project. "We're now using the robot on other ICU patients as well," he explained.

Things Made Easy

RGICD was one of the hospitals designated to treat covid patients when it arrived in the city in 2020. Because managing all of the ICUs is a difficult task for a senior doctor, the hospital has established a command centre to deal with it. Each ICU bed is labelled with patient information. The database will be transferred to the command centre, from which the robots will be controlled. To operate the robot, a senior intensivist will sit in the command centre.

Boost in Patients’ Moral

"This robot has been designed to move from one bed to another. The senior doctor can also communicate with patients through a robot. "This has a two-fold effect," he added. "Because they are in contact with the senior doctor, the patients' morale can also be high. Senior doctors can also give commands to the robot for additional monitoring. "It is possible to coordinate with six to seven ICUs," he explained. The command centre has large screens for a better view of the ICU. The robot also includes a monitor for visual interaction. The hospital previously had a 20-bed ICU, which has now been upgraded to a 60-bed ICU.

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