Archive June 2017 XVIII, No. 6

The Golden Age of Surgical Video

Surgeons now have unmatched views of the surgical field.

Bill Donahue, Senior Editor


4K surgical video THE PERKS OF HIGH-DEF A 4K surgical video system not only gives surgeons a better view but can also act as an effective recruitment tool.

Little Rock (Ark.) Surgery Center took a bold step forward last year by investing in a 4K surgical video system with "fabulous visualization," as administrator Kim Hamma, RN, puts it. For the multispecialty center's 2 surgeons who have embraced the system, Ms. Hamma says there's just no turning back now.

"An orthopedic surgeon is the primary user, and he absolutely loves it," she says. "I also let one of our general surgeons use it one day, and now I can't pry it out of his hands. It gives them a much better picture, but in some respects it's a new toy for them, too."

Just like the TV screens gracing the walls of our living rooms and bedrooms at home, the surgical displays in our ORs have gotten increasingly bigger and blessed with amazingly vibrant, life-like images that give surgeons hyper-realistic views of the surgical field. These larger-than-life displays and the ultra high-definition visualization systems that power them have also gotten much more costly. But are the benefits they bring to the OR — even beyond the significantly enhanced views — worth the expense? Let's see what they bring to the table.

From 3D and 4K to image-enhancement technologies and 55-inch surgical displays, the views are better than ever.

3D. Perhaps most useful for laparoscopic procedures, 3D surgical video systems can improve a surgeon's hand-eye coordination and enhance depth perception. These systems are particularly robust when used in conjunction with robotic surgical systems.

Although standard HD is standard issue in most of its ORs, the Emory Clinics in Atlanta, Ga., uses 3D in some service lines to give surgeons better views of certain anatomical structures. Likewise, Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., uses 3D surgical video in conjunction with a surgical robot. The benefits of the investment, says Lynn Truitt, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CASC, administrative director of perioperative services: higher resolution and clarity; more precision and accuracy; improved patient outcomes; and higher patient satisfaction.

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