Robotic nursing assistants (RoNA) will deliver core benefits associated with safe patient lifting, similar to those derived from today’s traditional methods:
- Reduced incidence of clinician workplace injuries, and associated workman’s compensation claims and lost work time
- Fewer patient falls and injuries due to improper / unsafe lifting
- Improved clinician staff retention and satisfaction (Gallup Score)
- Improved patient satisfaction (Press Ganey Score) and patient referrals
Competing primarily against ceiling-mounted lift systems, mobile sling systems, and patient lift teams, RoNA offers distinct advantages, such as:
- Mobility and maneuverability ceiling systems are fixed, limiting how and where they can serve patients. RoNA is mobile and omnidirectional: with mecanum wheels, RoNA can move in any direction, work in confined spaces, and navigate areas where many portable lifting systems cannot go.
- Telepresence support RoNA can work side by side with a trained nurse, or can be supervised by a remotely located nurse while working with a less trained attendant. Remotely located clinical experts will be able to ‘visit’ the patient, monitor physiological data in real-time and complement the local team’s ability to diagnose and treat patients.
- Patient Safety RoNA is an intelligent, learning system, able to sense center of gravity during the patient lift and automatically adjust. (This is due to its unique haptic feedback and stability systems). The result is that the patient will be and feel more secure during the lift and physical transfer than she would in human hands.
- Reduce employee injury, worker compensation, and premature retirements in facilities that have not yet deployed lifting devices, RoNA will deliver the full benefit of a safe lifting program, reducing workman’s compensation and injury-related costs by 40% or more. In facilities where safe patient handling programs have been implemented, RoNA will increase compliance, further reducing injury-related costs.
There are two reasons for this: RoNA will eliminate the need for staff to take time to find and retrieve lifting equipment; if not already accompanying the nurse, RoNA will automatically come when called. Staff will want to use RoNA, and patients will ask for it: working with RoNA will be both comforting and fun; and e) Reduce staffing and equipment requirements one RoNA system will eliminate the need for a dedicated lift team serving 100 beds. This savings alone will pay for RoNA in two years or less. Factoring in reductions in injury-related costs reduces the payback period to less than one year. Lifting assistance will also contribute to patient’s quality of care and patient dignity and comfort.
The RoNA system is under development to address numerous technology and clinical protocol challenges, such as moving bariatric patients and casualty extraction, necessary to develop a human-safe, heavy-lifting and clinically useful robotic system.”