PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A dedicated operating room with fluoroscopic imaging capability and adequate data connectivity is important to the success of any endourology program.
Proper understanding of the recent developments in technology in relation to operating room is necessary before planning an endourology operating room.
RECENT FINDINGS: An endourology operating room is a fluorocompatible operating room with enough space to accommodate equipment like multiple flat monitors to display video, C-arm with its monitor, ultrasonography machine, laser machine, intracorporeal lithotripsy unit, irrigation pumps and two large trolleys with instruments. This operating room is integrated with devices to continuously record and archive data from endovision and surface cameras, ultrasound and fluoroscopy. Moreover, advances made in data relay systems have created seamless two-way communication between the operating room and electronic medical records, radiological picture archiving and communication system, classroom, auditorium and literally anywhere in the world.
SUMMARY: A dedicated endourology operating room is required for any hospital, which has a significant amount of endourology procedures. A custom-made integrated endourology operating room will facilitate endourology procedures, smoothen the workflow in operating room and improve patient outcomes. Meticulous planning and involving experts in the field are critical for the success of the project.
Sabnis R, Ganesamoni R, Mishra S, Sinha L, Desai MR. Are you the author?
Department of Urology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Nadiad, Gujarat, India.
Reference: Curr Opin Urol. 2013 Jan 14. Epub ahead of print.