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Q What role should wireless technology play in ORs? A The only reason you'd want wireless is if the OR wasn't wired right in the first place and doesn't have enough wiring to do its job, or if you're rolling something in for a test or a trial. You want permanent connections for most of your settings because it's safer and more reliable. If there's a radio tower or TV station nearby, you don't want anything like that interfering with your wireless signals. It's always better to hard-wire things if you can. One of the wireless trends you could see in the near future is in the areas of discoverability and traceability. The ultrasound you roll into a room and plug in today could one day have a wireless pack and connect to the in-room routing system that acknowledges that the machine entered the room and will associate it with that patient. The system could also verify that the scope has been sterilized and is working properly. Q Any advice about recording video? A First, I would strongly encourage a facility to use the same type of devices in all their ORs. If there are 3 different products in a 10-OR facility, it could create a nightmare when it comes to HIPAA tracking and who sees what. I think we'll see facilities have a system that records video and stores it in one place instead of multiple places, and won't have doctors walking out with thumb drives that have patient data on them that's not traced. One nice new recording technology involves cameras suspended from separate arms in the ceiling. They give you different angles than the one that's in the surgical light, which would be useful for remote-monitoring and teaching purposes. OSM 7 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0

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