Smith & Nephew to deliver eleven Digital Operating Rooms at Toronto General Hospital

Toronto 23 June 2003Toronto General Hospital (TGH), University Health Network has opened eleven multi-speciality Digital Operating Rooms designed and constructed by Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc. The opening was part of a dedication ceremony held for Toronto General Hospital's new McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine located in the new 600.000 square foot Clinical Services Building.


Toronto General Hospital's 11 Digital Operating Rooms are part of a larger partnership with Smith & Nephew that provides innovative medical technologies including integrated equipment management solutions, medical imaging database applications and digital video telecommunication solutions for 19 multi-speciality Digital Operating Rooms including Cardiac, Thoracic, ENT, Urology, Gynaecologic Oncology, Plastic, Vascular and General Surgery. The eight remaining Digital Operating Rooms are expected to be completed by the fall.

"The multi-media networking capabilities, including the ability to provide digital images, surgical video and audio instantaneously to physicians, nurses, and students at other locations within the University Health Network system, and at remote locations around the globe, is a driving force in our strategic plan to sustain Toronto General Hospital as a world-class clinical, educational and research-oriented organisation", commented Bryce Taylor, M.D., Surgeon in Chief, University Health Network. "Our partnership with Smith & Nephew is designed to help us achieve that goal."

An important component of the Digital Operating Room is a Digital Image Management System that provides cost-effective digital image documentation through real-time acquisition, review and export of digital video, still images and patient records.

"One of the key achievements will be the eventual integration of the Digital Image Management System with Toronto General Hospital's Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS)", commented Dr. Tony Easty, Director, Medical Engineering, University Health Network. "Our ability to export and store still surgical images and video clips in industry-standard formats, including Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) into our PACS will have significant and immediate impact for surgeons and their patients."

In addition, Toronto General Hospital will also be able to take PACS images and display them concurrently on any Operating Room monitor, providing a comprehensive view of a patient's condition.

"Advanced technologies that support enhanced patient outcomes, operating rooms efficiencies, telemedicine, training and education, among others are the core of our Digital Operating Room offering at Toronto General Hospital", commented Ron Sparks, president, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. "These multi-speciality Digital Operating Rooms were also designed to enable Toronto General Hospital to leverage and keep pace with an evolving technology landscape and emerging clinical needs of surgeons and other medical professionals."

Toronto General Hospital is a partner in University Health Network, along with Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The scope of research and complexity of cases at Toronto General Hospital has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has one of the largest hospital-based research programmes in Canada, with major research projects in cardiology and cardiac surgery, transplantation, surgical innovation, surgical oncology, infectious diseases, and genomic medicine. Toronto General Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy is specialised in the development and commercialisation of endoscopic techniques. Within endoscopy, Smith & Nephew is an expert in arthroscopy, namely endoscopic procedures performed on articulating joints.

It is one of the core business units of Smith & Nephew plc, a worldwide medical devices company with a highly successful track record in developing, manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of innovative and technologically advanced tissue repair products. These products are primarily in the areas of bone, joints, skin and other soft tissue. Smith & Nephew has extensive marketing and distribution capabilities, with established sales in more than 90 countries. Additional Smith & Nephew news is available in the VMW June 2002 article Smith & Nephew Endoscopy to become digital operating room partner for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Leslie Versweyveld

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