That’s what some Duke University researchers are hoping they’ll hear in hospitals and health care settings if their project is successful. Students and staff in Duke’s School of Nursing and School of Engineering are working on Trina, a robot nurse, that they believe can minimize risks to medical personnel when caring for patients with infectious conditions, the Durham (N.C.) News & Observer reports.
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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