Use of minimal invasive surgeries (MISs) will increase in future due to their many benefits - post-operative recuperation period, improved clinical outcomes, increased health care expenditures in the emerging markets of India and China, higher incidence of lifestyle induced diseases and the rise in demand for medical technology innovations. MIS is making lives better for patients. But things are not so simple for performing surgeons. Some of the problems faced by them in the OR include:
- Longer time for clinical outcomes due to device handling complexity
- Increased procedure times due to repetitive steps involved
- Difficult decision making due to fragmented sources of information
- Increased dependency on multiple actors who perform related tasks in the OR
- Devices in the OR are disjointed, not integrated and interoperable, and disconnected
Studies have revealed increased stress levels of staff nurses due to the usage of medical devices (75%). Around 10% of them harmed a patient due to an improper use. 9% of the medical device failures are directly related to use error. 90% of the deaths and injuries to patients by an anesthetist is caused due to use error of devices.
The above are the figures affecting an actor in the OR. Imagine the plight of a surgeon who is dependent on the knowledge and accuracy so many actors in the OR. His decisions are based on the input given by each of them. Any miscalculation or misreading by an actor can affect the surgeon’s decision by varying margins. This creates an immense pressure on his cognitive efforts during the procedures.
So what do surgeons need today? Surgeons need an integrated and interactive platform that can facilitate the seamless interoperation of devices in the OR. The platform should allow surgeons to easily access or manage devices, review various parameters in real time during a procedure, and get valuable inputs through the essential steps of the procedure.
How will this platform help surgeons during their procedures?
The platform enables surgeons to:
- Make faster & smarter decisions during Laparoscopy.
- Reduce procedure time & cognitive load on the surgeon.
- Access critical decision making information such as patient vitals & history, CO2 pressure and flow rate through the insufflator, anesthesia parameters, approximate size and volume of the uterus and/or Fallopian tubes and ovaries to be removed.
- Circumvent the issues arising out of the haphazard use of technology and devices in an OR.
- Reduce dependence on participating actors in the OR.
In the long run, this unified platform will ease out the complex interdependencies of the various adjustments required during a surgery. This will make way for standardization of procedural steps and encourage further innovations.
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