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OPERATING THEATRES


Olympus Medical equipment set-up Image clarity benefits


Olympus Medical says that with Olympus 4K and 3D integration, there is all the equipment available to: l Handle high-quality images and videos, ‘now and in the future’.


l Improve OR efficiency. l Collaborate and teach within and beyond the OR.


The company added: “Endoalpha, our latest control and video management solution, already incorporates 4K and 3D devices for intuitive, seamless integration. This simplifies the workflow in the entire OR, while users can access, record, and stream images and videos all around the hospital.”


Endoalpha HomeScreen


Features of the Endoalpha HomeScreen include: l Harmonises all OR hardware and software l The SmartGuide navigation allows staff to rotate in and out ‘without cumbersome set-up time or extensive training’


l Sharing and recording of video l Takes control of all OR devices l ‘Intuitive and fast control’ l Integrates the entire operating theatre with 4K and 3D imaging


l SceneSelection allows easy preset and procedure selection


l Easy switch between 4K, 3D, and HD l Touchscreen and voice control for direct control of settings out of the surgical field


l Flexible control of sterile and /or non-sterile areas, including devices such as insufflators, electrosurgical generators, video processors, surgical lights, and tables.


Olympus integration also requires just one type of cable per device, while ‘Smart Detection’ means equipment is recognised as soon as it is attached. The company adds: “Olympus 4K and 3D integration requires a lot less than expected – less cabling, less space, and less confusion. No manual set-up is required, because the system automatically detects the equipment and sends the right signal.”


Fibre optic cables


The use of fibre optic cables allows: l Faster information transfer l Connection over longer distances to integrate more systems


l Future-proofing, ‘by being prepared for state-of the-art 4K and 3D imaging systems’


l More space in boom arms to integrate more equipment


l Galvanic isolation of cables reduces interference and crosstalk, ‘removing the risk of screen freezes and data loss’.


Olympus Medical Visera 4K UHD technology ‘generates a wider colour gamut by adopting the 4K colour format’. This ‘enables rich colour reproducibility and provides suitable colours for each clinical discipline’, ensuring: l Easier determination of tissue boundaries (fat, nerves, vessels, etc)


l Better visualization of blood vessels and lesions


Other Visera features include: l 55” 4K UHD monitors l A ‘panoramic view ‘for the whole OR team, with optimal viewing distance and wide viewing angle


l Lesions appear physically larger than on current monitors, enabling surgeons to operate more precisely


l Equivalent to Full HD resolution, even at 2.0 x zoom


l Safer and more visible operating field, reducing ‘swordfighting’ of hand instruments, and preventing mist and smoke


l Allows surgeons to observe fine patterns and structures of tissues in high precision even when enlarged.


Video management


Olympus Medical Systems said: “Endoalpha’s powerful video management system allows 4K/3D and HD video over IP routing, full HD streaming, and network recording. Live or stored videos can be readily viewed everywhere within and beyond the hospital, for teaching, mentoring, and collaboration. This feature includes the ability to ‘call up’ a wide range of medical images and records on many customer-configured devices – from a ‘tablet’ to a desktop computer.”


Storing, accessing, and sharing images/video


Surgeons at the new theatre at University Hospital Ayr will be among the earliest users of Olympus Medical’s new nCare secure networked medical recorder, and VaultStream medical content management solution. Together, these ‘make an efficient system for storing, accessing, and sharing recorded procedures, and thus support the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679)’. The ‘hospital-wide documentation solution’ is ‘secure, intuitive, and accessible anywhere’.


Image and video capture


nCare captures images and videos from up to two surgical devices simultaneously. Recorded visual data can then be stored locally or managed automatically on VaultStream, allowing users to access patient records via mobile devices or remote computers ‘securely and conveniently’. The system also provides


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‘very easy-to-use, advanced’ video editing tools. Video footage can be adjusted before submission to a PACS system, while clinicians can be confident that all procedure videos ‘will be available anywhere, anytime’ – due to the automatic background video recording feature.


David Gillett, senior product manager,


systems integration, at Olympus, said: “The new products strengthen Olympus’s integration portfolio, as we can now offer a secure video content management system within the hospital network, where patients’ pictures and videos can be accessed from anywhere. This solution significantly reduces the risk of exposure to potential data breaches, and protects patient privacy.”


Precise and centralised control


Medical control allows centralised control of medical equipment produced by Olympus and other leading manufacturers, including endoscopic equipment, surgical lamps, video management equipment, room lights, and tables, from sterile and / or non-sterile touchscreens. Settings for equipment can be easily stored and recovered for each stage of the procedure. Olympus says the ability to control the medical equipment from central touchscreens or by voice enhances theatre workflow and ergonomics. Non-medical equipment and information flow can also be controlled from the same touchscreen. The central touchscreen harnesses ‘intuitive smartphone-like navigation’ – which can be used to control devices such as surgical lights, the insufflator, or the light source. Room lighting can be adjusted and the signals coming from the imaging device routed in HD/4K quality to any display destination.


Surgical benefits of Thunderbeat


Olympus says its ‘unique’ hybrid technology, Thunderbeat, for open and laparoscopic surgery (which features in the new 4K theatre at Ayr Hospital), is ‘the world’s first and only advanced energy system that delivers two well-established forms of energy to tissue simultaneously’: l Ultrasonic energy ‘for superior dissection, and fast tissue-cutting capability’


l Advanced bipolar energy, ‘for fast and secure haemostasis for vessels up to and including 7 mm in diameter’.


The company added: “The combination doubles your energy – and sets new standards in the application of advanced energy in the operating room. It ensures reduced blood loss and optimal visibility on anatomic structures via superior primary and secondary haemostasis through advanced bipolar technology.”


MAY 2019


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