Archive May 2018 XIX, No. 5

Is There Anything a Surgical Display Can't Display?

You can project cartoons and consents onto today's OR screens.

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FUNNY FEED Showing cartoons on your surgical display will help to distract children before they're anesthetized.

If you still measure a video monitor in inches and pixels (bigger is better) and assign its picture quality an alphanumeric grade — 3D, HD, 4K/UHD or 8K — it might be time to see screens in a different LED light. There's more to a surgical display than enhanced vertical-by-horizontal screen resolution. Read on if your old monitor can't display cartoons and consents.

1. Displays have transformed into Jumbotrons

Besides showing immersive close up shots of surgery, you can project virtually anything onto today's gigantastic screens — a consent form or an H&P, safe surgery checklists (so everyone is more engaged during time outs), as well as serene nature scenes to help keep patients calm when they're brought into the OR or cartoons to distract children before they're anesthetized.

Displays can even help your OR team set up cases properly. During room turnover at Sanford Medical Center Fargo (N.D.), they display the surgeon's preference card on one big screen and either a video or a picture of what the back table setup should look like on the other big screen. Each OR is outfitted with 4 monitors: a pair of 26-inch monitors that hang on booms around the OR table and 2 55-inch big screens mounted on walls that face the patient's feet and side. "Displaying surgeons' preference cards on a 55-inch monitor creates a real wow factor when they walk into the room," says Stacy Lund, BSN, RN, CNOR, MSSL, the director of surgical services. "It also provides stunning visual proof that the team is focused on that particular case and is ready to meet the surgeons' equipment needs."

Stanford Medical's ORs are integrated with its electronic medical records, says Ms. Lund, so they can make on-the-spot changes to the digital preference cards and display the updates in real time on the big screen.

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