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The first fully integrated 3D Operating room in Victoria

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Drs David Deutscher and Daniel Hinch testing the new equipment in the first fully integrated 3D operating room in Victoria.

Operations with 3D view The first fully integrated 3D Operating room in Victoria. In a first for Victoria, St John of God Ballarat Hospital has installed the latest 3D image capable operating theatre. It is a fully integrated ENDOALPHA operating theatre incorporating the latest in theatre technology developed by Olympus.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Krieg said as part of a major upgrade to imaging in theatre we looked for a state-oftheart system that would support the most efficient use of medical staff and equipment resources. After an extensive search for a new for its laparoscopic imaging work, the hospital selected ENDOALPHA through Olympus Australia. The operating suites have also been refitted with LED lights to reduce running costs and stronger, articulated monitor arms for mounting larger screens. “There are new high-definition display screens currently being developed which we will be able to accommodate when they are available.” “Our hospital is now better equipped to give a higher level of clinical care to our patients,” Michael said.

Manager of erioperative Services Troy Tregilles said reducing the amount of equipment is vital to minimising infection risk.” “The capability to create doctor specific configurations that allow the set up of multiple pieces equipment with a single touch of a button enables equipment control from outside the sterile field.”

The project is still in its implementation phase but the Olympus solution has already reduced the number of extra instruments in the sterile surgical field by two thirds. “The equipment is an all-in-one unit whereas we usually need three separate pieces all with their own cabling,” said Troy. “This has the beneficial ‘knock on’ effect of reducing the preparation and sterilisation time for an operation.”