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Archive October 2019 XX, No. 10

Ready for a 4K Upgrade?

Facility administrators share their best advice for adding the latest video imaging technology to your ORs.

Joe Paone

Joe Paone


Marshall Medical Center
ENJOYING THE VIEW Marshall Medical Center North in Guntersville, Ala., added a 4K system that worked for surgeons across several specialties.

What's not to like about 4K ultra-high-definition surgical monitors? At 4 times the resolution of high definition, the picture quality is out of this world. If you're thinking about upgrading to 4K monitors in your ORs, where do you start and what should you expect? We spoke to a few facility leaders who've recently added 4K, and they shared some advice based on their experiences.

  • Look beyond the screen. Simply getting a 4K monitor doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be viewing 4K. The entire video chain, from cameras on scopes to image processing boxes, must be native 4K. "Be careful with the vendors and how 4K is marketed," advises Robert Eisenberg,┬áRN, MBA, administrative director of ambulatory surgery, integration and planning at WellSpan Health in York, Pa. "Some vendors will say they have 4K systems, but what that may mean is they use software to upscale an image to 4K. It's not true 4K."

Many surgical 4K systems do a lot more than just display clear, crisp images and video in the OR. You can take video of the procedure, download images from other parts of the hospital like radiology and view it on a monitor during a procedure, or upload video and images to surgeons' offices for use during clinic visits.

"We can put various images on different monitors," explains Mr. Eisenberg, who bought systems for 4 ORs in his system's new surgery center in Hanover, Pa. Each OR has 5 4K monitors — 3 mounted on booms, another on top of the arthroscopy tower and a large screen mounted on a wall.

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