As is the case in any situation involving rapidly evolving technologies, purchasing decisions for the operating room need to take a number of variables into consideration. Not only is it essential to understand the patient and
procedural benefits, but closer examination of the merits of the
technology allow for a better appreciation of current and long-term benefits.
In looking to improve this working knowledge of new OR
technologies, in terms of both current capabilities and future
impact, this article combines feedback from Surgical Products
readers with analysis from those designing, manufacturing and
implementing the related products. Armed with this perspective, the surgical community can determine the best fit for their
OR and its patient needs today and tomorrow.
Simplifying OR Video Integration
User’s Perspective: The growing use of video as a teach-
ing and procedural improvement tool continues to grow.
For most OR staff, the widerspread adoption of video is
welcomed with open arms. However, the use of this medium
does create a number of challenges, including:
• Legal issues surrounding what should and should not be
• Data storage capabilities.
• Maintaining or upgrading network bandwidth in order to
handle the quantity of data, larger file
sizes and ensuring the quality of the
recording meshes with expectations.
• Uniformity of file types to ensure
the video can be easily captured
• Product complexity can be a barrier
in fully realizing the full potential of
video equipment in the surgery setting.
• Ensuring a significant return on
investment due to the expense
of the products, the logistics surrounding their integration, the associated networking upgrades and
any employee training that may be
While the current impact has been
significant, the use of video will con-
tinue to grow, and not just in teaching hospitals. The ability to
capture more surgeries via video, which would be compliment-
ed by other patient and procedural data, could be a significant
recruitment tool for both surgeons looking to improve their
techniques and patients who may be seeking an added layer of
Supplier’s Voice – Brian Schlueter, FSN Medical: Today's
operating room environment utilizes complex visualization
equipment. Hospital administration, clinical engineers, and
the OR staff is continually challenged to procure, connect and
operate these devices. Simplifying this technology will impact
healthcare facilities large and small.
Image acquisition, processing, and management are areas
where new developments are constantly introduced. Medical
professionals can find it challenging to find the time to learn the
intricacies of this technology, so it is critical that these powerful
capabilities come with a friendly and approachable user interface. A low learning curve means that the technology will be
available to a wider group of users.
Smaller, more compact video integration systems can reside
on a cart, shelf or boom carrier. They do not take up valuable
floor space in the OR. Also, smaller systems can reside next
to the video sources, reducing the amount of cabling that is
required for installation.
A look at the how four of the most significant technology topics impacting the OR will
influence the future of surgery.
Image courtesy of Sony.