Medical frontliners are at high risk of getting infected while treating Covid-19 patients. To help reduce exposure and to minimise the usage of PPE and face shield as these essential items are currently a global shortage, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in collaboration with Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM) and DF Automation & Robotics have developed a robot called MCK19 or best known as “Makcik Kiah.”
Makcik Kiah 19 is the first ever Malaysian-made delivery robot designed to help medical frontliners
Makcik Kiah robot is meant to help deliver food and medicine to the Covid-19 patients to lessen the chaance of the virus transmission from patients to staff. This robot prototype took a total team of 26 with UTM, HCTM and DF Automation & Robotics.
The robot can be navigated via a laptop or a phone
The prototype is based on DF’s commercial Zalpha robot. It can accommodate weight up to 300kg and it can help doctors and nurses to deliver food and medicine to a patient’s room. Makcik Kiah robot can be controlled via a laptop or a phone. It uses a magnetic guide track to navigate around or with its surrounding feature.
Medical frontliners can use Makcik Kiah 19/MCK19 for teleconferencing and check on patients
The MCK19 is equipped with an LCD screen which shows an animated face. The screen can be used for teleconferencing between doctors and patients. This feature enables medical staff to check on patients remotely. The robot can also return to base to charge itself when needed.
It took less than two weeks to develop MCK19
According to the developer, the MCK19 prototype took less than two weeks to develop – thanks to the support from several parties including MOH. This prototype is merely designed to help hospitals to achieve social distancing requirements and also reduce the usage of PPE.
MCK19 is currently being used at the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM)
Currently, MCK19 is being tested at the HCTM. Still in the initial phase, Makcik Kiah robot is being utilised to distribute meals for quarantine patients in category 1 and category 2. According to a source, the clinical trials on the robot’s capabilities will be conducted soon.
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