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Combating Undernutrition in Hospitalized Geriatric Patients Through Robotic Assistance

Challenge:

Combating Undernutrition in Hospitalized Geriatric Patients Through Robotic Assistance

Entity:


UCBM – Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

Background Information:

Undernutrition is a critical concern at UCBM, affecting 20-50% of all hospitalized patients and rising to as much as 90% among geriatric patients. This condition, exacerbated by inadequate nutrient intake and poor dietary choices, poses significant health risks and leads to increased hospital stays and mortality. UCBM identifies dysphagia and errors in meal distribution as significant challenges that not only increase the burden on clinical staff but also adversely affect patient care.

Challenge Description:

UCBM aims to utilize robotic systems to monitor and assist with food intake and energy consumption in geriatric patients. The goal is to integrate a robotic platform seamlessly into the hospital environment, where it can ensure accurate meal delivery according to clinical prescriptions and patient requests, enhancing nutritional management and reducing staff workload.

What They Are Looking For:

UCBM is seeking solutions that use intelligent robotic systems to prevent or reduce undernutrition by ensuring patients receive the proper nutrition with minimal staff intervention.

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