Redwood Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the addition of new technology
to help better serve our patients. A telerobot, which has been named after
Florence Nightingale or "Flo" for short, was unveiled earlier
this month and is being used to add another layer of expertise to manage
The new telerobot allows physicians beyond the North Coast to consult and
treat patients at Redwood Memorial Hospital. From home, a clinic or office,
a specialist team can "beam" in from a control station to the
telerobot and interact with patients, family members and hospital staff.
This new diagnostic tool removes time and distance barriers which play
a key role in helping to keep patients from having to travel outside the
area for advanced care. The telerobot has a big screen, eyes, a head that
moves, ears, a stethoscope and the capability of navigating around the
hospital on its own.
The new technology allows a physician to make consultations when it is
not possible to be physically at a patient’s bedside. Through the
telerobot, the physician can discuss a patient’s status at the nurses’
station, drive into the patient’s room, observe patient behavior,
check bedside monitors and ventilator settings, discuss care with the
patient and/or family members, and return to the nurses’ station
to give orders or discuss the next steps. Redwood Memorial Hospital believes
this new technology will help improve the quality of care and patient
safety by allowing outside physicians to be more available during a critical
time of need.
"Telerobotics brings state of the art technology to Redwood Memorial Hospital
Hospital and allows real-time, 24/7 access to specialty care," says
Linda Rasmussen, Critical Care Unit Manager at Redwood Memorial Hospital.
An open house will be held in the hospital lobby to introduce the community
to the telerobot on September 29 at 11 a.m. Joe Rogers, V.P. of Redwood
Memorial Hospital will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. and a physician will
be "beaming in." Visitors and staff will be able to get a close
look at "Flo" in action.
Funding for the telerobot comes from the
Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation. For more information about the telerobot at Redwood Memorial Hospital,
call (707) 725-3361 ext 2610.