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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - September 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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based on how far away the viewer is. Same goes for the OR. Just as a 58-inch monitor might be overkill for some surgeons, a 27-inch moni- tor might be too small. It comes back to how your OR is configured, the type of procedures you do, where you'd like to place the monitor and of course your surgeons' preferences. Also keep in mind the aspect ratio you need; that's the width of the screen versus the height. It preferably should match those of your video sources so they fit the full screen just right. • Keeping it clean. You might dust your TV every now and then at home, but cleaning a surgical monitor is mandatory, and vendors design them to be much easier to clean and disinfect than your living room set. All those nooks and crannies where dust can land or hide on your home TV? Surgical monitor vendors try to make surfaces smoother all around, in some cases eliminating bezels entirely, to pre- vent contaminants from collecting in tiny spaces. Some surgical moni- tors are specifically designed to handle splattering of liquids and being bumped into. Vents are a no-no because they can blow contaminants back into the sterile field. Bottom line, your monitor should be extremely easy and very quick to clean thoroughly as required. • What resolution(s) are your video sources? No matter what a vendor tells you, if you're not feeding 4K video to a 4K monitor, you're not going to see true 4K. The whole video chain needs to be natively 4K to produce the best results. Many vendors offer optional "upscal- ing" of standard-definition (SD) and HD video to 4K, but because upscaling is a digital enhancement where the screen is "guessing" what the video would look like in 4K, it's not entirely exact, and so can be hit or miss for certain procedures. An upscaled picture could look grainy to a trained eye. So if your input is, say, HD from your laparoscopic equipment, and you're not planning to upgrade that equipment to 4K anytime soon, just buy an HD monitor to appropri- Thinking of Buying… TB 1 2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9

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