The robotic device HCARD (Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device) can help frontline healthcare workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by coronavirus thereby reducing the level of risk.
HCARD is developed by Durgapur-based CSIR lab, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute and is equipped with various technologies and works both in automatic as well as manual modes of navigation. This robot can be controlled and monitored by a nursing booth with a control station having such features as navigation, drawer activation for providing medicines and food to patients, sample collection and audio-visual communication.
Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI said, “This Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device could be effective for frontline healthcare officials dealing with COVID-19 patients in delivering services while maintaining mandatory physical distancing.”
The cost of this device is less than Rs. 5 lakh and the weight is less than 80 kilograms added Prof. Hirani.
Scientists at CMERI have also developed a few other customized technologies, including Disinfection Walkway, Road Sanitizer Unit, Face Mask, Mechanical Ventilator and Hospital Waste Management Facility.