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Remote Control for COVID-19 Patient Ventilators

A team of Johns Hopkins University and Medicine researchers have built a robotic system that will give medical staff the ability to remotely operate ventilators and other bedside machines from outside intensive care rooms of patients with infectious diseases like COVID-19.

The system is still being tested, but initial trials—including one recently highlighted by NBC Nightly News—have demonstrated how it could be deployed to help hospitals preserve protective gear, limit staff exposure to COVID-19, and provide more time for clinical work.