Smart hoist: An assistive robot to aid carers

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Conference Proceeding
2014 13th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2014, 2014, pp. 1285 - 1291
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© 2014 IEEE. Assistive Robotics(AR) is a rapidly expanding field, implementing advanced intelligent machines capable of working collaboratively with a range of human users; as assistants, tools and as companions. These AR devices can provide assistance to stretched carers when transferring non-ambulatory patients safely. This paper presents the preliminary outcomes of the design, development and implementation of a patient lifting AR device, Smart Hoist. This device, an enhanced conventional patient lifter (standard hoist), is fitted with several sensors capable of interacting with the device operator and its environment, and a set of powered wheels. The assisted manoeuvring functionality of the Smart Hoist may help reduce prevailing lower back injuries among the carers while improving the safety of carers and patients. Results collected from an evaluation of the preliminary version of the Smart Hoist conducted at the premises of IRT Woonona residential care facility confirms the system is easy to use and it reduces the effort of the operator, which may help in reducing lower back injuries.
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