Stevie the robot was introduced to Knollwood Military Retirement Community in Washington, D.C. where the robot would lead bingo games or trivia nights at the retirement home. The robot patrols hallways to make sure there aren’t any wandering residents, performs routine cleaning duties and can speak in multiple languages, displaying subtitles on its screen.
Robots are used to support nurses and are not intended to replace them.
“It’s a force multiplier for care staff,” said Connor McGinn, one of the engineers behind Stevie. “It’s not to replace people, but it’s to augment how people care for people.”
A Texas-based company, Diligent Robotics, created the Moxi robot to help nursing staff with tasks that do not require meeting patients. First brought to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas, Moxi assists with distributing PPE, delivering medications and lab samples and running patient supplies in hospitals.
According to nurse.org, the founders of Diligent Robotics found that nurses spend 30% of their time gathering supplies. This takes away from patient care, so the robot Moxi was then created.
Shannon Medical Center Director of Innovation, Steven Short told FOX West Texas that the robot will increase staff satisfaction and will be, “(a) time saver for our nurses and allow them to spend more time caring for our patients which is what we want our nurses to do.”
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