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vides. Lisa Seeds, RN, BSN, night supervisor of the main OR at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va., says surgeons who have been using 4K monitors in the hospital's two ORs believe the imaging systems provide a better view of the surgical cavity, making for more precise movement and technique. "Right now, 4K is being requested for better visualization and clarity with robotic and laparoscopic cases," says James Wade, BSN, RN, CNOR, assistant nurse manager at Legacy Health Salmon Creek in Vancouver, Wash. "Surgeons are using 4K at other facilities and feel it makes a difference." However, some respondents reported that true 4K remains elusive because their entire video chain hasn't yet been upgraded. "Our moni- tor does not have the specific camera or cables for 4K, so it doesn't make much of a difference," says one surgery coordinator. Other advanced imaging technologies such as 3D, VR and AR are largely still not in use. Not surprisingly, cost is a major inhibitor of a movement toward adding them. "We are not currently using any of these," says one reader. "For our independent physicians group, the benefits would need to outweigh the additional costs and upkeep. Our surgeons may feel differently if given the option to use them in a hos- pital setting." Imaging insights We also inquired about difficulties or frustrations readers had with their surgical monitors. Many had no complaints. Some simply lamented the age of their screens and the damage they've sustained from heavy everyday use. Others mentioned positioning issues in the OR due to limited floor space, cable clutter, and difficulties with ceil- ing and wall mounting, which speaks more to the layouts of their facilities and quality of their video integration than the screens them- J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 9 7

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