Upstate University Hospital uses TUG robots to solve staff shortage
The Upstate University Hospital has invested a fleet of 14 TUG robots to solve the nursing shortages due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Those autonomous mobile hauling robots produced by Aethon are designed specifically for hospitals. They could free up critical time for medical staff to focus on the patient care, and deliver thousands of pharmacy orders, linens and meals, and other things.
“With the current staffing shortage that is likely to last for several years, robots will allow our staff to work at the top of their skill set as robots take over some of the more routine tasks,” said Upstate Chief Executive Officer Robert Corona, DO, MBA.
The medical robot market is projected to grow into a $43 billion industry within the next 5 years. Currently, a total of 37 VA Hospitals are using same TUGS produced by Aethon.