Tunisian hospital caring for coronavirus victims have deployed robots to limit contact between medical staff and infected patients. The tall, single-limbed robot enables nurses, doctors and patients’ relatives to make virtual bedside visits.
The robot designed and made in Tunisia is capable of taking pulses and checking temperatures and blood oxygen levels. Enova, Tunisian startup based in Sousse is the brain behind the machine
“It allows a reduction in contact with the sick and therefore the risk of contaminating personnel,” said Nawel Besbes Chaouch, a doctor leading the pulmonary department at the Abderrahmane Memmi hospital in Ariana, near the capital Tunis.
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The robot enables audiovisual communication with patients using a screen mounted at the top of the machine. The patient in turn can see and recognize the faces of those caring for them which is most unlikely when medics have to use full protective gear.
Families of patients also have the opportunity for a virtual visit by to reserve a time slot using a website. The robot is then remotely-controlled into the patient’s room to allow a video conversation with visitors.