The Future Is Now
An “integrated” operating room can take many forms, but a properly configured and designed one ends up being more
than the sum of its components. In a perfect
world, it accommodates a wide range of procedures both quickly and easily, and its users
are free to maximize and leverage the tools they
need to secure the best surgical outcomes.
“It’s is more than an equipment boom, sur-
gical lights, and audio/video routing,” says Keith
Evans, Director of Marketing, Stryker.
It’s the sum of those and other components – disparate and complex systems,
workstations, and controls – joined together
in one streamlined system that’s both flexible
and easy to use. Furthermore, it allows for
a facility to achieve such goals as increased
throughput, improved workflow, and more
efficient use of OR equipment.
“The degree and simplicity of integration
can vary quite significantly,” says Ken Crock-
er, Surgical Product Specialist, Eizo. “How-
ever, the ultimate goal of an integrated OR is
to simplify management of the environment in
support of best surgical outcomes.”
This is accomplished in a number of ways.
Among them is the manipulation of video, au-
dio, and environmental controls so as to max-
imize the value of those systems. According to
Evans, this means “video can be displayed on
demand on a multitude of endpoints, devices
can be controlled from a single interface point,
and equipment can be moved freely and easily
to facilitate room turnover and case setup.”
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Properly integrated operating rooms are more than the sum of their systems and components.
Product Specialist, Eizo
SP: What constitutes an “integrated OR?” Is there
a single definition that best describes what an integrated OR is?
Ken Crocker: An integrated OR brings together the
many disparate systems, workstations, and controls
present in the OR into a unified control system. The
control system allows for manipulation of the various video, audio, and environmental controls in a