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Robot to help Covid-19 front-line health officials: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute

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The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, a CSIR institute based out at Durgapur in Burdwan district of Bengal, has relentlessly been developing one after another medical innovation at this hour of pandemic crisis that has gripped the nation. Latest innovation is the Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device (HCARD).

This robot has video conferencing facilities, delivery system for providing medicines to the patients, collecting samples from the patient or providing food to the patient. This device works both in autonomous mode as well as manual mode of navigation. Moreover, it disinfects everything it handles.

The HCARD assists in solving the distance between the health professionals and the patients and minimise the possibility of spread of virus or any other infection. The device is controlled and monitored by a nursing booth with a control station which has navigation, drawer activation to provide medicines and food to the patients and collect samples from the patient and audio visual communication as well.

Prof (Dr.) Harish Hirani, director, CSIR-CMERI stated that the hospital care assistive robotic device will be very effective for frontline healthcare officials dealing with Covid-19 patients in delivering services while maintaining mandatory social distancing”. Prof. Hirani further added the cost of the device is less than Rs 5 lakhs and the weight is less than 80 kgs.

 

Source: Times of India

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