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SURGICAL SUITE: Neurosurgical operating room of the future incorporates aeronautical industry concepts

The next phase of the OR of the future is to focus at the cellular level through next-generation imaging that will allow advanced interrogation of normal and diseased neural tissue…which will be systematically captured in the background, curated, and analyzed by the informatics system.”

How to redesign the neurosurgical operating room to incorporate concepts borrowed, in part, from the aeronautical industry is explored in this scholarly article.  How to improve patient safety by focusing on data collection and on honing the science of surgery is discussed.  This article is based on pioneering work being done at the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute (Milwaukee) in collaboration with vendors Storz Corp., Stryker Corp., Synaptive Medical, and Nico Corp.

Source: Kassam, A.B., and others. (2017, June). The operating room of the future versus the future of the operating room. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America, 50(3), 655-671.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030666517300166

Here is a link to the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute website: https://www.aurorahealthcare.org/services/neuroscience  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


Google Glass looks like a pair of hi-tech glasses with a very slim, light-weight camera device on the right stem.  It is being tested by surgeons as a way to enhance consultations with experts during surgery, to view diagnostic images, and to give students a better view of exactly what the surgeon is seeing.  The first Google Glass-equipped procedure is credited to Dr. Rafael Grossmann – done in 2013 at Eastern Maine Medical Center (Bangor, ME).  Among the challenges to be worked out as the technology is developed are longer battery life and how to ensure HIPAA privacy for patients.

Source: Peregrin, T. (2014, July). Surgeons see future applications for Google Glass. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 99(7), 9-16.  Click here for article: http://bulletin.facs.org/2014/07/surgeons-see-future-applications-for-google-glass/#printpreview  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org