Robotic Nursing Assistant (RNA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number: A072-146-0287
Amount: $729,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-146
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
32 Thirty-Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
DUNS: 091125695
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jorgen Pedersen
 President & CEO
 (412) 398-0949
Business Contact
 Jessica Jordan Pedersen
Title: COO
Phone: (412) 681-6382
Research Institution
Hospitals are currently facing significant staffing crises, especially a shortage of immediate care personnel such as nurses. As a result of this shortage, the number of work-related injuries continues to increase primarily due to more work shifts, mandatory overtime, the increasing patient weight, and the aging nursing population. To address this issue, this project proposes to develop and implement a prototype Robotic Nursing Assistant (RNA) to assist nurses with patient lifting and transport responsibilities. Our goal in creating the RNA is to match or exceed the performance of existing patient moving technologies, including portable and overhead hoist and stand assist lifts. Our system will be an extremely portable lifting system capable of working anywhere within the hospital, operating at heights from floor to bed level, and able to be used by multiple trained personnel. In Phase I, several preliminary designs of varying complexity were developed, and various intuitive control strategies were tested for the user interface. Our goals in Phase II are to design a working prototype of the RNA system, work with industry experts to develop intuitive control interfaces, and refine the commercialization approach to create a realistic market strategy for the introduction of this technology into hospital settings.

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