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UMMD tests exoskeletons in nursing care

The Magdeburg University Medical Center (UMMD) is currently testing two Exoskeletons and wants to find out whether these systems can be used for physical relief in the Intensive care can contribute.

Passive exoskeletons: Low weight, maximum freedom of movement

During the trial phase, not only nurses but other professionals will have the opportunity to assess the benefits of the exoskeletons. The goal is to find out how this technology can support different areas of work, UMMD announced Thursday.

The systems used belong to the category of "passive exoskeletons". They do not require heavy batteries and motors, offer a high level of comfort and maximum freedom of movement while at the same time being lightweight.

Project of the entire UMMD

After applying the exoskeleton, caregivers felt a significant relief in the lower back in particular when lifting, holding or carrying.

The trial phase of the exoskeletons is being coordinated by the Occupational Psychology and Health Management departments of the Human Resources Development unit - with support from the Staff Medical Service, Hospital Hygiene, the Occupational Safety unit and the Corporate Development unit.

Important role in relieving the burden on nursing staff

After evaluation, a decision will be made on the procurement of further exoskeletons.

With the testing of exoskeletons, UMMD is setting an example for the use of high-tech in nursing. If the positive expectations are confirmed, exoskeletons could play an important role in relieving the burden on nursing staff and improving their health and well-being in the future.

Tom Illauer

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