Meet ROBERT, The Therapy Bot!

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Image Source: Life Science Robotics®

With the advancement in medical technology, the medical world has been quite successful in managing chronic diseases and in saving from fatal diseases.

For example, with ever-increasing knowledge and technology, patients are successfully revived from a stroke. Healthcare professionals save the patient’s life and effectively manage the stroke, but it doesn’t end here.

With diseases like stroke, the residual functionality of the affected patient needs rehabilitation. Despite the resultant damage and disability, it has been proven that a human body and brain are designed to adapt to the practiced movements and activities. This is where rehabilitation therapies come into play.

Meet ROBERT!

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The ROBERT is a robotic rehabilitator that was designed and developed by Lasse Thomsen, the founder of Life Science Robotics in Denmark.

The primary goal behind an automated therapy is to decrease the burden and the strenuous efforts that the medical staff has to put for a prolonged period until the patient is up and about again.

‘This enables us to offer not only a technologically smart solution but also one that provides effective relief for nurses and therapists in their everyday work’ says the CTO of Life Science Robotics, Rune Kristensen

ROBERT has bridged the gap between the increasing demand for the rehabilitative health of the elderly and the shortage of the staff, at least in Denmark, Finland, and Poland for now.

ROBERT caters to the heaviest part of the body, upon which the weight of the entire body relies, i.e., the lower extremities. It offers passive as well as active resistive and assistive lower limb mobilization. Depending upon the patient’s functional strength, the resistance level can be adjusted. In other words, ROBERT can be customized to meet the needs of each patient.

After fastening fixtures of the ROBERT to the patient’s limb, the healthcare professional adjusts the resistance and the exercises accordingly. Once the ROBERT knows what the healthcare professional wants, it can independently carry out the exercises or movements for the next 30 to 40 minutes. Moreover, an attached monitor displays a record of the number of cycles of movements/exercises the patient has undergone.

Image Source: Life Science Robotics®

There are three modes from which the healthcare professional decides according to the patient’s functional capacity:

  1. Guided: In this mode, the ROBERT passively mobilizes the limb.
  2. Active: As the name suggests, in this mode, the professional can adjust to the desired level of resistance, and the movements are made actively according to the set level.
  3. Hybrid: In this mode, the ROBERT passively carries out a movement which is followed by an active movement.

In a nutshell, the ROBERT ensures effective rehabilitation by timely mobilization, prevents muscle atrophy, lessens the staff burdens, provides prophylaxis against thrombosis, and, last but not least, it aids in faster recovery of the patient along with a substantial improvement in the patient’s functionality.

References

Meet Robert. (2019, July 10). Retrieved from Life Science Robotics: https://www.lifescience-robotics.com/meet-robert/

Meet ‘Robert’, your robotic physio­therapist. (2019, November 11). Retrieved from Healthcare in Europe: https://healthcare-in-europe.com/en/news/meet-robert-your-robotic-physio-therapist.html

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Dr. Arsia Parekh
Dr. Arsia Hanif has been a meritorious Healthcare professional with a proven track record throughout her academic life securing first position in her MCAT examination and then, in 2017, she successfully completed her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Dow University of Health Sciences. She has had the opportunity to apply her theoretical knowledge to the real-life scenarios, as a House Officer (HO) serving at Civil Hospital. Whilst working at the Civil Hospital, she discovered that nothing satisfies her more than helping other humans in need and since then has made a commitment to implement her expertise in the field of medicine to cure the sick and regain the state of health and well-being. Being a Doctor is exactly what you’d think it’s like. She is the colleague at work that everyone wants to know but nobody wants to be. If you want to get something done, you approach her – everyone knows that! She is currently studying with Medical Council of Canada and aspires to be a leading Neurologist someday. Alongside, she has taken up medical writing to exercise her skills of delivering comprehensible version of the otherwise difficult medical literature. Her breaks comprise either of swimming, volunteering services at a Medical Camp or spending time with family.

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