A robotic trolley developed for Covid patients to minimise contact

The device was formally launched at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)
Pandemic COVID-19
Pandemic COVID-19

A new trolley has been developed in order to ensure minimum contact of healthcare workers with coronavirus patients and no contamination in surroundings. The PGIMER in Chandigarh has developed a state-of-the-art low-cost robotic trolley for Covid patients that is customized for local needs.

The device was formally launched by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Director Jagat Ram on Saturday.

Acronymed as DOOT (delivery, observance and orchestrated telecommunicator), this robotic device was designed and developed by Resident Doctors Pranay Mahajan and Shailesh Gahukar from the Department of Hospital Administration.

The Director lauded both for their commendable initiative and said: "The health and safety of our frontline corona warriors is always our utmost concern as they are putting their own lives at risk to save the lives of others.

"This robotic device is PGIMER's step forward in the direction of self-reliance and safety. By delivering medicines and food among patients in the isolation wards, wherein the chances of getting infected with the virus are maximum for the healthcare workers, this automated trolley will help in reducing their interaction with Covid-19 patients to a great extent."

Vipin Koushal, in charge of Covid Hospital, said: "With a spike in the number of corona positive patients earlier, we brainstormed about multiple affordable options to ensure better safety for our Covid-19 team in addition to SOPs being followed.

"That's how DOOT came into being. It is a special, affordable and customized solution for our local needs. It was quite a challenge as well as it was developed during the lockdown period when nothing was available in the market."

He said it was managed within a nominal budget of Rs 25,000 with the constant support of the engineering department of the PGIMER.

There are 41 active cases in Chandigarh at present, with 178 patients cured and discharged. The corona death toll in Chandigarh is three. So far, 222 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Union Territory.

*Edited from an IANS report

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