Monday, 1 February 2016

Friendly robot eases fear and pain at pediatric unit

Alberta Health Services

On Tuesday, February. 2 Media are invited to meet Chip, a small robot that entertains and calms young patients while they undergo procedures. Media are asked to gather in the atrium before 11 am at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.
The two-foot-tall, 11-lb. robot – purchased through an $18,000 contribution from the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation’s pediatric fund – can play soccer, give a high-five, tell a story and provide comfort. Controlled by a tablet-based application, Chip can also address children by their names, blink his eyes and follow conversations.

Reporters can interview an AHS child life specialist and a foundation representative, who worked together to bring Chip to the city, as well as a young child who has made friends with the robot.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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