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Transformative Tech

Which new and emerging technologies for surgery will truly change the game?

Kerry Riek, RN, BSN, PE


OR Excellence

Considering her dual background in nursing and engineering, Kerry Riek, RN, BSN, PE, has what some might consider the perfect job. She's a senior associate with the highly regarded ECRI Institute, meaning she spends her days helping healthcare organizations assess, procure and manage healthcare technologies of every sort. It's her job to keep an eye on the latest gadgets, gizmos and instrumentation designed to help surgeons generate better outcomes for their patients. In her presentation, "New and Emerging Technologies for Surgery," Ms. Riek will offer her perspective on the hottest surgical technologies she's sampled at the leading medical product testing laboratory.

Infection prevention. We've seen the increased adoption of whole-room disinfection systems — these high-tech "robots" that use ultraviolent light from mercury lamps and xenon lamps to kill off drug-resistant superbugs that may be lingering on surfaces in ORs and other healthcare environments. Over the past year, we've also gotten a closer look at the next generation: light-emitting diodes (LED) that emit light in the "deep UV" range as a form of disinfection. The technology is still in an emerging state, but one of the potential uses could be a countertop unit for disinfecting point-of-use devices. Imagine a contraption the size of a toaster oven that uses LED lights to disinfect cellphones, stethoscopes and other handheld items that surgeons and staff carry from one patient to another.

Malignancy detection. Fluorescence imaging technologies used by ophthalmologists and cardiologists for viewing blood vessels are transforming endoscopic surgery. Indocyanine green imaging helps endoscopists distinguish malignant tumors from healthy tissue for more effective surgical dissection.

Kerry Riek, RN, BSN, PE

speaker profile
arrow Focuses her work at ECRI Institute in strategic planning and assessment, patient safety, medical equipment planning and procurement assistance.
arrow Received her BSN from Northeastern University.
arrow As an undergrad, completed a nursing practicum on an orthopedics and med/surg overflow unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.
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