Mobile lifting robot transfers and rehabilitates patients

Danish service robot company PTR Robots has announced the release of a robot that can mobilize and transport patients. Developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, PTR robots are reported to be the first mobile and intelligent robot solutions to move around flexibly in the healthcare and nursing fields.

While useful for moving and rehabilitating people with disabilities, robots reduce the burden on staff and redirect staff from labor-intensive tasks. PTR robots also reduce the risk of infection because only one caregiver needs to be present to perform the patient transfer.

The PTR robot was developed and tested in close collaboration with Vonsildhave Nursing Home, run by Zeland University Hospital and the nursing group Attendo.

“The testing of PTR robots really impressed us,” said Søren Andersen, Managing Director of Attendo.

“While we can see interesting perspectives on how to support the care and rehabilitation of residents and patients, there are also interesting perspectives on improving the work environment.”

One in four bedridden patients in a typical hospital environment needs assistance for transfer and rehabilitation. This need is even more pronounced in geriatric care facilities. According to the WHO, lifting injuries account for one-third of all occupational injuries for nurses.

“Many nursing homes, hospitals and facilities have a keen interest in our patient transfer and rehabilitation robots,” said Lone Jager Lindquist, CEO of PTR Robots.

“If an elderly person has a broken hip, the robot can help them get up right after surgery. The robot will also accompany the patient when taking the first step after surgery.”

PTR Robots robot lifters are designed to “shrink” in size so that they fit easily into a normal doorway. This means that the robot is superior to traditional fixed ceiling hoists in terms of flexibility.

PTR Robots is a subsidiary of BlueOcean Robotics, which revolutionized the service robot market through subsidiaries such as UVD Robots and GoBe Robots.

Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics and Chairman of PTR Robots, said:

UVD robots are deployed around the world to disinfect hospitals, hotels, food processing factories, pharmaceutical industry clean rooms, airports, stations, kindergartens and more.

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