Area hospital adds high-tech operating room

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(DUBOIS, Pa. (WTAJ)  — An area hospital recently unveiled four features, designed to make its newest operating room one of the most high-tech surgical suites in the industry.

Soothing music and calming pictures greet patients as they arrive at the new OR at Penn Highlands DuBois. Before surgery they’ve chosen the type of images, such as beaches or mountains, that will help them relax.

“That allows you to focus on something else while the team is quietly behind you getting everything ready, and once you go to sleep the lights come up and we’re ready to rock and roll and we do the surgery,” says Vicki Merrick, Perioperative Services, Service Line Director, at Penn Highlands.

That’s when the second part of the new technology comes to the aid of the surgical team.

Merrick explains, “This room is designed with 4k technology, as opposed to high def, and as most people know, with televisions, high def is what most people have, 4 k is what most people would like to have.”

The improved images are especially useful in this OR which is primarily used for laparascopic or minimally invasive surgery.

The third high-tech feature called integration allows the nurse to stay in one location and control all of the monitors.

“The technology allows me to provide the surgeon with any needs that he has,  whether it’s the chart vitals, different images,  whether they be X-ray or laparascopic images and I  can do that wish the push of a button,” says OR nurse Mike Stockdale, who helped design the operating room.

Finally, Indigo Clean, the fourth feature,  is a light source  which continuously disinfects the room. The hospital says it’s safe for patients and staff. Penn Highlands plans to put this new technology into operating rooms that it’s currently building as part of an expansion.

The hospital wants to assure patients that all of its operating rooms are very safe, but the newer technology is a little more enhanced and it’s what the industry is moving toward.

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