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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

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The robot examines a dummy patient in the lab.

The new robotic ground vehicle enables seamless communication with doctors, facilitating the remote execution of critical medical triage and eliminating the necessity for them to put their lives at risk in hazardous situations.

Credit: University of Sheffield (U.K.)

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV) outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict zones.

The mobile remote-operated UGV uses VR technology to allow doctors to perform medical triage without physically entering high-risk areas.

The robotic medic can perform a thorough examination of a victim within 20 minutes, using its two robotic arms to check vital signs, palpate the abdomen, and provide pain treatments with an auto-injector.

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