procedure has been done appropriately – particularly in
a hybrid OR. There are studies that now support that.
Irwin: Information pertinent to the specific patient
or surgical procedure can be accessed and routed in
seconds, greatly reducing the time needed to locate this
information. It can be visualized by the surgical staff
on HD quality displays that greatly enhance the viewing. Total access to any information needed and greatly
Ruppert: A well-designed integrated OR brings
all relevant information to the surgeon in seconds.
Routing of live operative information, such as c-arm
images, IVUS, patient vitals, endoscopic video and comparative images can occur immediately when a surgical
team member inputs a few simple commands on a touch
screen interface. The days of tracking down x-ray film,
waiting for someone to delivery pathology results or
other clinical information from elsewhere in the hospital
effectively end with a carefully planned integrated OR.
One of surgeon’s greatest frustrations is having to wait.
Delays in the case set up, the readiness of the patient, and
more importantly, waiting for the tools that enable a surgeon to perform the procedure, can all contribute to poor
workflow and a potentially adverse effect on the outcome.
Also, for the modern hospital facility, time lost is revenue