EHPADs pay a heavy price in health crises like that of COVID-19.
The first emergency measures to combat a threat like the coronavirus, adopted unanimously, boil down to containment and distancing.
During this crisis, various experiments have shown that robotic assistants can take on part of the repetitive tasks by reducing the exposure to the risks of nursing staff:
- Autonomous disinfection with UV lamps
- Spray emissions to purify the air
- Monitoring the physiological constants of a confined patient
- Transport of small objects and meal trays in contaminated areas
- Automatic detection of people with temperature or wearing a mask
- Use of the telepresence function to keep social ties with isolated people
Each of them is of interest, but establishments cannot buy several different robots solely for unpredictable and infrequent crisis situations.
Since its creation in 2016, KOMPAÏ robotics has relied on the OECD finding that 10 million healthcare workers will be lacking in Europe in 2050.
The Kompaï robot, by its modular design, is able to carry any type of load, whether UV lamps, sprayers, sensors, meal trays … it responds in priority to the needs of establishments in tasks repetitive of their daily life, by helping the nursing staff and not by replacing them!
It was designed primarily for daily routine actions, such as tours of animation, monitoring or distraction of residents in EHPAD. Thanks to these daily actions, it presents a Return on Investment of the order of a few months.
But thanks to its multi-functional capabilities, it can be reconfigured quickly in the event of a crisis, by adding additional elements.
He will be able, according to the needs:
Touring common areas or bedrooms, to disinfect using UV lamps and / or sprayers
Read the temperature of people encountered during tours of the establishment, and inform the staff
Do the sentry at crossing points like the main entrance door or common areas (temperature, masks …)
Allow confined people to distract themselves and keep social ties, especially with their loved ones, by making the robot available to them in the room
Thanks to its telepresence capabilities, doing tele-consultation, or more simply allowing staff to interact with isolated residents from a secure room, to avoid, for example, equipping and decontaminating when leaving
Transport the meal trays between the kitchen and the bedrooms, or bring objects to confined people
Transport waste and clean linen with standard trolleys
Even if it seems obvious that the use of robots will develop, it is not conceivable for establishments to equip themselves with several different types of robots, and to keep some of them waiting for periods of crisis. Conversely, adopting multifunctional robots useful in everyday life, economically justifiable, and which can be reconfigured quickly to deal with unforeseen events like the COVID-19 is the strategy to adopt.