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PFLEXO - Development of an active human-machine-care exoskeleton

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Nursing professionals are often exposed to high levels of physical stress, which arise, among other things, as part of the mobilization of people receiving care. Aids such as lifting systems and lifters are often only available to a limited extent or are not used for reasons of practicality. Due to the continuous increase in immobile care recipients, the need for a handy, easy-to-use and quickly deployable support system is growing.

Aims and Procedures

In this project, the use of an active exoskeleton is to be adapted to the specifics of clinical conditions and the general conditions of care. The aim of the project is to develop a “care exoskeleton” to relieve and support the skeletal and movement systems of caregivers and to ensure needs-based mobilization for people receiving care. In this context, the meaningful adaptation of established work processes in everyday nursing is required. These must be redesigned and (further) developed based on the use of the technology.

Innovations and Perspectives

The adaptation of the exoskeleton to everyday life in nursing requires dedicated, technical solutions that have not yet been developed. It can be assumed that a successful development can increase the quality of care by enabling and securing the regular mobilization of people receiving care despite the increasing shortage of skilled workers.

Project duration

02/2021 – 01/2023


Project Management

PhD Sandra Strube-Lahmann

Coordinator Working Group Nursing Research, QM Representative

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