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OR of the Future

March 12, 2014

Keeping pace with technology’s impact on the evolution of health care, Rochester General Health System introduces a new surgical suite that is integrating numerous state-of-the-art applications. The “OR of the future” was unveiled today (3/13) during a special event hosted by Rochester General Hospital.OR_RGH

The operating room encompasses a combination of equipment, technology, patient information and new processes that complements 10 years of leadership at RGHS in the field of robotic surgery. The combination of influences creates a safe, data-driven and efficient surgical environment that ensures superior clinical outcomes.

“With the range of new technologies coming into medicine, we’re dedicated to applying each element within an appropriate niche,” said Dr. John Valvo, RGHS director of robotic surgery. “That allows us to provide an environment for our patients which is safer, smarter and more secure.”

The new OR features hands-free motion sensing applications that make it possible for surgeons to review intraoperative imaging files without breaking scrub. High-definition visual equipment includes laparoscopes for near-perfect resolution of inner organs during procedures along with video monitors that project images to the entire surgical team. Other enhancements include more efficient LED lighting and an ultraviolet disinfectant system that reduces the risk of infection.

rgh_or1Additionally, upgrades to telemedicine improve the efficiency of procedures conducted off site. Nurses, administrators, mentors and colleagues can assist from multiple venues and improve the overall quality of care.

The upgrades were made possible, in part, by a $1 million grant sponsored by former New York State Senator James Alesi.

Unveiling of the new OR was accompanied by the celebration of an upcoming milestone. Rochester General Hospital is approaching its 7,000th robotic surgical procedure, making it among the top 1 percent of hospital nationwide for high volume of robotic surgeries. These procedures are minimally invasive and reduce blood loss and post-operative pain. That frequently translates into shorter hospital stays and faster recovery periods.