The ipad in the operating room

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The ipad in the operating room

The ipad in the operating room

Felasfa Wodajo, senior editor at iMedicalApps, had the following article published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology. The iMedicalApps article is based off an experiment we performed to study the functionality of the iPad in the operating room, briefly covered in a prior article we wrote.

The attraction is fairly obvious; it is a portable, lightweight, powerful computing device with an intui-tive interface and a large library of built-in applications.

In fact, major medical schools such as Stanford and University of California, Irvine have made decisions to provide iPads to all incoming medical students this year.

The ipad in the operating room

While predicting the future of medical technology is always precarious, here are a few things we have learned in the months since the iPad was introduced. A short time ago, we published at IMedicalApps.

Test Driving the iPad in the Operating Room - Medical & Health Care Translations

What we found was that a simple xray cassette sterile bag, ubiquitous in the OR, holds an iPad comfortably. Once the iPad is inserted into the plastic bag by the circulating nurse, the top can be cut off, folded back and clamped with a hemostat see image allowing the iPad to be safely brought into the sterile field.

Notably, we found that the iPad touch screen works quite well through the plastic bag, even while wearing gloves. Somehow, the touch of the plastic bag itself against the glass screen registers as a valid touch.

There was hardly any problem navigating between and inside apps, or with gestures such as pinch and zoom. This was somewhat of a surprise since, as many people have noticed, using an iPhone touch screen with gloves is difficult at best and impossible if one is double-gloved.

The reasons may actually be myriad but, generally speaking, the same features which make the iPad great for surfing the web, such as looking at images and viewing video, nicely translate into the operating room.

Thus far, the most obvious use for me has been as a convenient way to easily access previous patient imaging. Additional potential assets of utilizing the iPad in the OR include the ability to review relevant anatomy at the point of care and enhancement to resident teaching.

Recently, there was a report of a Japanese surgeon using an imaging application on the iPad to plan surgery in the OR Medgadget. Although it is not clear what application was being used, I suspect it was OsiriX seen in the accompanying images.

I am not aware of any currently available applications for the iOS platform currently available which integrate with surgical devices such as laparoscopes, arthroscopes or computer-aided navigation. This could even conceivably be integrated with views from internal cameras, navigation or robotically controlled surgical instruments.

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For example, Burney, the orthopedic surgeon in Albuquerque, said his workplace, an ambulatory surgical center, forbids cellphone use in the operating room, but “it is a policy that is routinely. PeriopSim is a medical simulation training app for perioperative nurses who need to learn instruments and procedures.

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