|October 2006 · Vol. 18, No. 10
Coming soon to an OR near you!
Multi-screen monitoring & more. Previews of coming attractions, starring 4 “OR of the Future” project leaders
OUR EXPERT PANELISTS
“We’ve spent a century dissecting the human into 26 different National Institutes of Health that don’t talk to each other”
“Look at how long it has taken some minimally invasive techniques to become mainstream. Only now are we getting OR suites to accommodate them”
“Studies tend to end up fixating on how to get a pair of sharp scissors to the OR on a regular basis”
“The ideal would be a robotic anesthetist who would not be in the coffee lounge when you want to turn over your case”
“We reduced the time from when the surgeon steps back from one patient until the surgeon steps up to the next patient—from 70 to 40 minutes”
“We can get rid of all the lights in the OR, with LED technology and the small cameras now in cell phones”
Chief of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Professor of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Professor of Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
What will the operating room of the future look like? Will it be a specialty-specific facility or a generic OR? Our Symposium panelists, each a primary investigator in an “OR of the Future” project at his own institution, share their ideas of what the future holds, from getting clutter off the floor and onto the ceiling, to integrating patient information, imaging, and robotic systems.
Panelists also share their visions of what the OR may look like in 25 years and what obstacles need to be overcome to make the futuristic vision a reality. Robotics, smart displays, information management and integration, and image-guided surgery may become as common as the stapler and the scalpel.