Italy has been badly affected by the Coronavirus with more than 13,000 deaths recorded since its appearance in the country on January 31. On the front line in the fight against this disease, health professionals are highly exposed to the risk of contamination since they are in regular contact with the sick. More than 4,000 Italian health workers have tested positive for the virus and 66 doctors have lost their lives.

In order to reduce contact between patients and healthcare staff, certain structures in the country have therefore opted for technology. In a hospital in Lombardy in Italy, robots replace hospital staff for certain tasks in the fight against the coronavirus. They allow remote monitoring of patients infected with the virus. They notably measure heart rate, blood pressure, saturation or even respiration, in place of humans.

"Robots are tireless assistants," explains Dr. Francesco Dentali, director of intensive care at Circolo Hospital in Varese, "who cannot be infected, who cannot infect, who cannot be sick."

Doctors and nurses have been hit hard by the virus, so it is of great interest that a robot cannot be infected. »: These recruits are dubbed by the head of the intensive care unit of the Circolo hospital in Varese, Italy, overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. By controlling these androids remotely, doctors and nurses at this Varese hospital protect themselves and save on protective equipment.

With large flashing eyes, they are brought into the rooms and left at the patient's bedside so that doctors and nurses can care for other people in more serious conditions.

These robots monitor the parameters of the equipment in the ward and transmit them to hospital staff. Robots have touchscreen faces that allow patients to record messages and send them to doctors. These machines of the Sanbot Elf brand were designed by the Chinese company Qihan Technology.

"It's like having another nurse without the problems of infection," said Dr. Francesco Dentali, director of intensive care at the hospital. Mask, gloves and gown less.

Kelly Donaldson for DayNewsWorld