Trina, short for telerobotic intelligent nursing assistant, is remote-controlled and can move around, perform housekeeping tasks and take vital signs in patient rooms. While other robots are designed to relieve nurses of some of their work burdens, Trina is meant to improve nurse safety — just think of the hazards that emerged during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

And the Duke robot is patient-friendly. It sports a wig and surgical cap on its “head.” 

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