A Tunisian hospital uses a robot to communicate with patients in order to reduce the spread of corona virus infection


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                A Tunisian hospital has started using a robot to care for patients with HIV, and to reduce direct contact between medical personnel and the infected. Wheeled robots can measure the heartbeat and check the temperature and oxygen level in the patient's blood. The robot allows doctors and relatives to check on the health of their loved ones from Covid-19 patients without approaching them.  

                                    <p>Abdel Rahman Mami Hospital in Ariana governorate in the capital, Tunis, has resorted to use <a target="_self" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/20160530-تكنوفيليا-باريس-إينوروبو-روبوتية-إسرائيل-مطارات-إرهاب" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Robot</strong></a>  To care for patients with coronavirus with the aim of reducing direct communication between medical staff and infected people. The long robot runs on wheels, and is able to measure the heartbeat and check the temperature and oxygen level in the blood. This machine allows doctors and relatives to check on patients without approaching them.  

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“It allows to reduce direct contact with the patient and thus the risk of transmission to the medical staff,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Shawsh Basbas, Head of the Pulmonology Department at the same hospital.

A website for booking virtual visit dates

A screen installed on the top of the robot allows video communication with patients who can distinguish the features of those with whom they speak, which is not possible when in direct contact due to the development of protection tools.

A website has been created for families to book a virtual video visit with their affected relative. This interaction is important, especially since direct visits are prohibited for Covid-19 patients.

The robot was made in Tunisia by Innova, a startup based in the central coastal province of Sousse.

France 24 / AFP



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