There are more and more types of robots for the health care institution. In healthcare institutions, the emphasis is mainly on the use of robot technology:
- Rehabilitation and the improvement and/or maintenance of the patient's quality of life
- Support of the nursing and care staff
- The reception and information to visitors
- The maintenance of the building
We see aids particularly in the field of orthopaedics (body support aids) and prosthetics (body replacement aids). For example, a robot-controlled walking aid, a robot arm that can help with food or a robot arm that can be mounted loosely on an electric wheelchair. For employees, lifting robots and exoskeletons are particularly important.
Especially in geriatric institutions there are not only physical symptoms but also mental symptoms such as sleeplessness, forgetfulness or loneliness. More and more robots are on the market, such as sleeping robots, buddy robots and companion animals, or social robots that keep an eye on or alert the patient to their medication, exercises that need to be performed or their favorite TV program.
The reception and information provision for the many visitors to care institutions, until recently the work of a receptionist, is already often (partially) automated by information points where you can look up treatment methods, departments, routes and procedures of the institution on computers. Information robots are an attractive alternative. With their friendly appearance and information screens, they invite you to communicate.
Robots for maintenance
After all, every company, including healthcare institutions, can benefit enormously from robots that take care of maintenance tasks. In addition to the general robots such as the mop robot or the vacuum cleaners, there is also a cleaning robot for care institutions that can fully disinfect a (operating) room when a patient has left.