Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., recently opened the Pediatric Surgical Operating Complex, a $110 million, 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility where surgeons perform cardiothoracic, neurologic, orthopedic and general surgery procedures. It’s a culmination of the medical center’s goal of providing cutting-edge, comprehensive care for neonates, infants and children. Jose Prince, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Cohen Children’s, appreciates the bright color schemes and stunning photo walls in each of the facility’s eight ORs, but it’s the ultra-high-definition images displayed on two large wall-mounted monitors and screens hung around the sterile field that catch his eye.
“We can route different types of information to the screens at the same time,” says Dr. Prince. For example, the patient’s vital signs can be shown on one monitor and pre-op X-rays or CT scans on another so surgeons, anesthesia providers and members of the surgical team can monitor the information throughout the case. The monitors hang on booms around the sterile field and can be positioned to enhance the ergonomic comfort of surgeons during complicated and lengthy cases.