2012 Winners – Excellence In Surgical Products (ESP)
Tue, 11/13/2012 – 4:13pm
This year’s Excellence In Surgical Products (ESP) Awards gave readers the difficult task of picking the winners from all of the great submissions received. From the entrants rose three Best of Show products, which include a wireless video solution, thermal under scrub shirt and an all-in-one positioning kit.
The Best of Show winners were given the opportunity to talk more in-depth about their products, primarily the catalyst behind the product’s creation and how the product helps in the OR. Immediately following the Best of Show responses, the category winners and honorable mention products are showcased. First Place, Best of Show, ZeroWire Wireless HD Video, NDS Surgical Imaging
SP: How was the idea for the product developed? NDSSI: Extensive research showed that healthcare OR professionals had long sought a wireless technology as a means to improve the level of efficiency, flexibility and safety. However,
due to strict requirements on OR equipment including personnel safety, image quality, operating distance, radiation level, and co-existence with other equipment, until now this has not become a reality.
ZeroWire¨ is the first fully operational, FDA-approved, medical-grade technology to provide a robust wireless video link in the modern surgical OR. Utilizing the Ultra-wideband (UWB) frequency spectrum between 3.1 to 4.8 GHz, ZeroWire avoids interference with and from other devices. Designed for minimally invasive surgery and interventional procedures, ZeroWire allows surgical staff to view full HD surgical video (1080p60) wirelessly in real time, with less than 1-frame latency. The product allows optimum flexibility in the placement of monitors and relocation from room to room, or procedure to procedure. It also eliminates cables and wires, improving safety and efficiency in the OR, while reducing cleaning time, removing potential tripping hazards and the need for frequent cable replacement.
SP: What is the concept behind the product? NDSSI: Using ultra-wideband technology, ZeroWire allows fully wireless connectivity and signal reliability between surgical displays in the OR. This is achieved though a memory-enabled pairing system, specifically designed to work within a 30-feet (10-meter) range to contain the signal to the OR environment. Installation is quick and easy with no hindrances to existing systems, while helping to eliminate cables and wires.
SP: What are some of the potential drawbacks with similar products? NDSSI: Uncontained signals can be boosted beyond the immediate OR space, causing interference with electrical equipment in other rooms. ZeroWire is a contained signal to 30 feet (10 meters). Some products can cause interference with the numerous electrical devices already in the modern OR, including electro-cautery, radiology equipment, and wireless LAN. ZeroWire utilizes the ultra-wideband spectrum, which is out of the range of other electronic devices.
SP: What important information should OR personnel keep in mind when using your product? NDSSI: a. ZeroWire allows faster turn-around time of ORs through reduced down-time, easy room-to-room transfer, and shorter cleaning time between procedures b. Allows surgeon and staff to view medical-grade, surgical quality video with greater versatility of placement, more convenient distances and angles, and instant mobility to suit staff needs during procedures c. Eliminates the safety hazard of long cables across OR during procedures, and reduces clutter, giving the surgical team ease of movement d. Allows flexible equipment layouts to suit patient/procedure needs e. Easy to install, connect (bond) and maintain, making video more accessible to more procedures and patients