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Rush Oak Park Hospital Adopts Surgical Workflow Technology, ExplORer Surgical, Increasing Team Confidence and Reducing OR Challenges

ExplORer Surgical, the only comprehensive intraoperative case support and workflow platform, has reinvented the way surgical support teams prepare and complete effective surgeries with two-way video for case support and remote proctoring to create a digitized playbook.

AORN Releases 2021 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has published the 2021 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice with six revised guidelines.

Masimo Announces iSirona Connectivity Hub

Masimo has announced the global launch of iSirona, a compact, versatile connectivity hub designed to maximize interoperability across the continuum of care.

DJO Acquires Trilliant Surgical

DJO LLC, a global provider of medical technologies to get and keep people moving, has announced the acquisition of Trilliant Surgical, a national provider of foot and ankle orthopedic implants.

Karl Storz’s Image 1 Spies Named Innovation of the Year

Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc. has announced that its Image 1 Spies Visualization Enhancement Tools system was recognized as a 2014 Innovation of the Year by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).The new Image 1 Spies system represents the company’s latest solution for giving surgeons superior views of challenging anatomical areas during complex surgeries, ranging from skull base and orthopedic to gynecologic, urologic and thoracic.

Combined with new full-HD three-chip camera heads, Image 1 Spies includes the Clara and Chroma apps that activate proprietary image enhancement algorithms. Spies Clara automatically identifies and brightens dark areas of an image — without lag time. This addresses common problems encountered when some anatomical areas are illuminated better than others, requiring overall brightness to be increased or the scope to be moved closer to visualize darker areas. Increasing the brightness level, however, prompts tissue in the foreground to reflect light and cause glare. Moving the scope closer narrows the visible area, making it difficult to manipulate instruments and can result in mucus or blood obscuring the lens. Now, by using Spies Clara, dark areas are adjusted in real time. This avoids overexposure and reflections, providing a clear view of bright and dark regions.

Additionally, surgical interventions can be made more efficient if clear differentiation of key tissue areas is possible. Spies Chroma helps accomplish this by intensifying color contrast levels, enabling surgeons to more easily discern blood vessels and other critical anatomy. Clearly visible structure surfaces are emphasized while retaining the natural color perception of the image.

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