From CT scans to endoscopy videos and electronic patient files the conventional light box is no longer adequate when a doctor wants full access to all available information about a case. Many clinics still manage with PCs on mobile technology carts – with the corresponding space and logistical difficulties, alongside hygiene issues.
The LungenClinic Grosshansdorf (Lung Center Grosshansdorf) gave great importance to sourcing an efficient and future-proof solution for their new thoracic surgery rooms and so installed special Surgical Panels by EIZO.
The EIZO system includes several high-resolution displays, some mounted on the walls and others suspended from the ceiling so that the movement of the OR team is not hindered. Integrated video management allows the surgeon flexible yet centralized control between any picture signal, both live recording or saved images, which can be easily switched between any of the displays, according to need. This allows the surgeon to concentrate fully on the patients’ care.
In the near future streaming technology will allow live transmission directly from the OR for educational purposes.
Annually about 12,000 patients are treated at the LungenClinic Grosshansdorf of which 7,000 are in-patients. Every year 1,000 to 1,100 lung surgeries are performed at the specialist clinic.
To ensure the best possible medical care for patients, according to the latest medical standards, the teaching hospital of the University in Lübeck set up a new functional wing in October 2014. It houses the central sterile supply department, an outpatient center, two operating rooms for thoracic surgery as well as corresponding preoperative and postoperative departments.
“It was our goal to create state of the art ORs with modern communication technology fully meeting all current demands with regard to medical care and hygiene whilst also embedding a high level of future compatibility, thus making a sound investment” explains Wolfgang Gerckens, Commercial Director at the clinic.
The requirements regarding the technology, especially the image management aspects, were very high and included live transmission in HD-quality, an integrated audio system, the ability to shift between different screens, touch screen operation on one of the displays and several different data inputs on another.“ An important factor was also reliability. Large quantities of data are now collected for every patient and the physician treating the patient has to have access to that data at all times and that is why fallback routines were really important to ensure constant and reliable availability”, says Medical Technician Malte Sommer together with the Head of Medical Technology Mr. Puchert, who helped to draw up the system specifications.