Science fiction or fact? Lights come on by command

January 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jan2007, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p8
Academic Journal
As outpatient surgery managers look for ways to improve efficiency, decrease turnover time, and increase patient safety, digital technology in the OR becomes more attractive as a way to manage workflow, information, and clinical information. • Controlling equipment and lights, and retrieving lab reports or X-rays from a central station speeds up the activities of the OR and cuts down on travel through the room. • Voice activation offers a hands-free way for the surgeon to dictate notes and complete charts during procedures. • Displaying information such as patient identifiers and patient allergies enables all staff members in the OR to avoid errors and improve patient safety.


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