Nursing

Robots take on administrative duties

Nurse Leader Insider, December 7, 2007

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Last week, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network deployed the latest technological invention designed to relieve nurses' managerial and administrative stresses. The mobile robotic systems, known as TUGs, will handle pharmacy, laboratory, and materials management tasks enabling nurses to spend more time with their patients.

Created by Pittsburgh-based Aethon Inc., a company specializing in automated technology, the TUG robots are designed to autonomously roam hospital floors, tracking and delivering items including meals, medications, laboratory samples, medical records, and linens without the need for staff supervision. Twenty-one robots were sent to the eight medical centers of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network. In addition, the VA Boston Healthcare System's Roxbury Campus, and the VA Healthcare System of Ohio's Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Clinic in Columbus each adopted three TUGs.

Sources: Healthcare IT News, Business Wire



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