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17. maj 2019

Uppsala University Hospital has chosen Merivaara as its OR Productivity Partner

Uppsala University Hospital has chosen Merivaara OpenOR solution to equip its new operating rooms. OpenOR is an advanced digital integration system that controls majority of the room functions and medical devices.

A large number of ultramodern operating rooms and treatment rooms are now ready for use in the new building. Thirteen of them have been equipped with this new innovative solution, an automatic central system that will ease, simplify and streamline the work flow during operations and treatments.

Technology leader providing supplier independent open architecture solutions

The system, which was developed in collaboration with surgical nurses and physicians, is very user friendly, with large clear buttons on a touchscreen panel. Moreover, it is built on an open architecture, which enables adding functions and equipment from other suppliers. Even to introduce new functions later is easy based on the hospital's future needs.

"Merivaara OpenOR integrates all of the important control functions, such as image and video processing, operating table and lighting control, as well as remote access, into a single system. Also recording for storage and training," explains Sebastian Brieger, Sales Manager, Merivaara Group.

He reckons that this type of integration system will eventually be standard at all large hospitals. "It is a great honor to be entrusted to install our OpenOR integration system in the University Hospital, which is among the very best Swedish hospitals," Sebastian Brieger says.

Innovative Solution Delivering Measured Value

Arne Pettersson, who is a hospital engineer and responsible for the technical function of the new integration system, sees the new technology as a major and important step in developing the work flow in the hospital's operating rooms.

"This is the first complete integration system that controls everything in the room, including video conferences and connected telephones. This brings great benefits, not least the option for preset scenarios, with everything at the push of a button," Arne Pettersson says.

Gustav Linder, who is a specialist in general surgery, was involved in the procurement and is looking forward to start working with the new system in live. He sees many benefits, and gives a few examples. 
"During advanced keyhole surgery, it is a great asset to have up-to-date X-ray images and other relevant image information available all the time on various screens. This and much more is possible by this system," he points out.

The new operation rooms are equipped with several large medical monitors on arms on the ceiling, in addition to 10–15 sources of images. Everything happening can be filmed, edited and archived.

Best and Easiest Usability

"While we are operating, we can adjust the information we need, what is shown where and when on the various screens. For example, during an operation we may need to examine a tumour image that was taken earlier during gastroscopy of the patient's stomach. We can have several camera images up simultaneously during the course of the operation, change how and where the images are projected and even move the screens as needed," Gustav Linder explains.

He also sees it has an advantage that the system can be integrated with standard monitoring equipment for heart function, blood pressure and so on. This means that the surgeon can monitor the patient's vital functions during the entire operation.

Remote Consulting and Auditorium Education

"A surgeon who encounters a problem at night can, moreover, consult with the on-call physician, who, via the system, can follow the operation live at a distance, via his or her computer. Moreover, also show exactly how the operation should be performed by marking and drawing on the image. 

The image system also means it is easy to link students and visitors to the operating room. In other words, they can also be present and learn during the actual operation without, as before, needing to enter the room.", Gustav Linder continues.

Facts about Merivaara

  • Finnish group with registered office in Lahti and subsidiary in Sweden that has developed medical devices for 117 years.
  • Nowadays, focuses on high-tech operating rooms.
  • Well-known in Scandinavia as innovation house and technology leader supplying equipment and integration systems to operating rooms, including Karolinska Huddinge as a major customer.