ALVO OR integration solutions for post-pandemic reality.

Minimally invasive surgery has changed the way many surgical procedures are now performed. Digitalization has boosted surgical efficiency and maximized healthcare operations. With the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, we could observe the rise of remote surgical collaboration and robotic surgery. The ‘new normal’ has revealed the risks health workers are facing including surgical site infections (SSI), cross-contamination and even death. The duration of surgery had to be optimized, staff exposure to coronavirus decreased, and greater emphasis put on quality management.

The new, challenging reality has impacted and will shape many different aspects of the hospital workflow. In order to meet specific surgical requirements, ALVO Medical launches three OR integration solutions. Your integrated surgery room in each segment may be delivered with unique ultraclean air management solution created with the low-turbulent-flow principle (Halton technology).

ALVO® OR Control

Surgical team members, being in direct contact with patients are exposed to major risk. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect healthcare workers and patients, medical services have been largely limited. That included cancellation of surgeries, which posed a serious risk to patient safety and caused economic loss for hospitals. Some clinicians got infected and had to quarantine, others quit or retired. In fact, many hospitals were suffering staff shortages. ALVO®OR Control comes as the basic operating room integration solution aimed to help hospitals overcome personnel shortages and provide safe surgical environment with minimized contamination exposure and improved patient management. Surgical room settings may be done remotely from one hygienic touch screen, away from the sterile field.  OR status displays and centralized management of medical devices and room settings pre- and intra-operatively boost efficiency and reduce pathogens transmittion.

Enabling remote surgical collaboration

ALVO® Integra

The added value in the ALVO® Integra offering is high quality video management. Plug-and-play connection of video sources (eg. endoscopes), video routing with images displayed on assigned monitors in the OR. Also, video streaming outside the operating room, within the hospital network. This way medical experts and students can watch surgical procedures either as live feeds or saved sessions. Patient data management can be optimized, too. Every operating room may have a scrub nurse station with direct access to PACS and HIS systems. Saving surgical staff from leaving the OR to use the computer in another room spares time and increases epidemiological safety.

The open software architecture of the system enables its further expansion with new video sources and monitors, without interference into the cabling infrastructure.

Customers’ favourites?

  • Ergonomic lighting (RGBW technology) that allows the color of the light in the operating room to be adjusted to the phase of surgery. Individual settings of light scenes can be recalled from the Alvo® Integra touch screen. Light scenes based on the colors of green, red, blue and white are used, depending on the type or stage of surgery. The lights use energy saving mode. It means that special sensors will automatically reduce light intensity when the OR is unused for set time.

ALVO® Integra X

With ALVO® Integra X surgeons, technicians and students can interact naturally with simultaneous voice communication. Clinicians may record surgeries and stream live video conferences to a large auditorium, outside the hospital. In addition, telestration software will allow annotations to be drawn over video footage to illustrate key clinical findings. So, you get fully interactive, bi-directional communication. ALVO® Integra X takes a project approach, with OR integration solutions tailored to individual customers’ needs.

Digital checklists for safer surgery

Many surgical teams are now turning traditional paper checklists into digitally synchronized OR tools that guide them step-by-step throughout surgery.

Using digital technology to implement Surgical Safety Checklists based on WHO, CDC recommendations and hospitals’ own benchmarks, helps surgical teams enhance compliance to aligned protocols, prevent errors, collect and analyze data for debriefing sessions and improvement.

Real-time monitoring to address teamwork challenges

The usage of digital checklist and real-time patient pressure monitoring address the major challenge in the OR: communication. Teamwork failures and missing patient data often lead to surgical errors.

For this reson, safe patient positioning on the surgical table may be monitored real-time in order to effectively prevent from pressure ulcers, decubitus and nerves injuries, which often occur during prolonged surgeries. ALVO® SENSEi software will monitor patient position intraoperatively. Special sensors generate and record real-time anatomic image of the patient’s body mapping the points of pressure. Thanks to this technology the anesthesia care and surgical team may observe on any assigned display in the OR the layout of forces and high pressure areas, to immediately react and reposition the patient. Repositioning, aimed at releasing from pressure defined body part, eg. through performing slight Trendelenburg, may be done remotely, via the ALVO® Integra X touch screen.

Integrated operating suites are neat by definition, allow the hospitals to ideally plan and locate the equipment needed, facilitate OR management. The aim of OR integration is always to create a safe and effective ecosystem where innovative technologies help improve clinical outcomes. The ALVO OR integration solutions support monitoring performance, boosted communication, education and data management.

⇒ Recommended content: Patient safety in the surgical environment, Prof. Tomasz Banasiewicz