Robotic Nursing Assistant (RNA)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,996.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W81XWH-08-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-146-0287
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RE2, INC.
32 Thirty-Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091125695
Principal Investigator:
Jorgen Pedersen
President & CEO
(412) 398-0949
jorgen@resquared.com
Business Contact:
Jessica Jordan Pedersen
COO
(412) 681-6382
jessica@resquared.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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