Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

Thinking of Buying... Big-Screen Monitors

Going bigger is better with surgical displays.

Mike Morsch, Associate Editor

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THINGS ARE LOOKING UP Your surgeons will enjoy viewing their procedures on a sleek 55-inch HD monitor that the entire OR team can see from anywhere in the room.

If the only thing keeping you from joining the big-screen revolution is the concern that a 55-inch display would overwhelm your already crowded OR, here's good news: A big-screen monitor can actually give you more room and reduce clutter. How's that?

  • Single screen. For starters, a supersized monitor can replace the cluster of smaller (and bulkier) monitors in the room. All eyes are on the same big screen — it gives the same immersive viewing experience of surgical video for the entire team, regardless of where they're standing in relation to the screen thanks to a wide viewing angle.
  • Small footprint. Whether mounted on a wall for team-wide visibility or suspended on a boom for tableside visualization, a sleek, lightweight big screen has a surprisingly small footprint.

Big screens, of course, do so much more than take up less space. You'll be amazed the first time you see surgery in the impossibly vibrant colors and clarity that full HD, 3D and 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) delivers.

Today's big screens double as interactive workflow efficiency tools. They can display time out checklists, digital preference cards to assist in room turnover, and CT scans and X-rays, so the surgeon doesn't have to leave the sterile field.

Picture-in-picture, picture-by-picture and split- and quad-split-screens let you view multiple images at once. One display offers touchscreen tiling and infinite windowing, meaning you can simultaneously display as many images from as many devices at once as you'd like.

Some have built-in microphones and speakers that let the surgical team conference room to room. You could give PACU a heads up that a patient is on the way and alert pre-op that you're ready for the next patient.

We compiled thumbnail sketches of 8 big-screen monitors so you can comparison shop. OSM

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