Surgical monitors in an operating room present surgical camera video and procedure related information to surgeons and nurses. Traditionally, operating rooms had one or two surgical monitors, depending on the medical procedures being performed and space availability. These certified medical grade monitors would be moved around on carts that could be brought into the operating room as needed. However, in recent years, the number of surgical displays in the OR has increased and particularly those facilities used for cardiology procedures or medical teaching facilities use three or more surgical monitors per room. In addition, facilities mount large medical displays on walls to present camera live video from the operation to those in the gallery.
Surgical monitors undergo stringent testing and in order to be classified as a medical grade display they must have FDA 510K (Class II) approval. These medical grade monitors utilize a fanless cooling design to reduce the risk of spreading airborne contaminants within the sterile field. Additionally, sealed membrane control buttons are used for the user interface. This eliminates the risk of contaminants collecting in crevices and reduces the risk of cross‐contamination.