Previously, we had to make hard copy prints of surgical images captured in the OR, then scan them manually, and link them to patient files. It was quite primitive and time consuming. With NUCLeUS, everything’s far less technically complex and more efficient.
Head of Clinical Engineering, St Jansdal Hospital, Netherlands
St Jansdal Hospital (Ziekenhuis Sint Jansdal) is a community-based hospital in the Dutch city of Harderwijk, 43.5 miles east of Amsterdam.
There’s a busy schedule for surgeons and staff in the hospital’s six operating rooms, with each day’s worklist running from 7 am until late in the afternoon. The volume of patients means a high workload for OR assistants, who must ensure that imaging sources and ancillary equipment are configured correctly for each procedure.
Preparing for each patient has become faster and more efficient with the arrival of NUCLeUS, Sony’s video-over-IP platform that streamlines the routing and distribution of video and still image sources to wherever they’re needed. NUCLeUS has been installed in six ORs by Netherlands-based integrator Avex, which also provides technical support to the hospital.
NUCLeUS allows OR assistants to select any combination of image sources—including laparoscopic cameras, surgical microscopes, ultrasound, X-ray and patient vital signs—via the system’s intuitive touchscreen. Content is routed instantly for viewing on three ceiling-mounted monitors in each OR, giving staff a clear overview of the current procedure. Live video and still images can also be routed to screens in another OR, allowing surgeons to deliberate about a procedure and seek a second opinion from colleagues who aren’t physically present in the room.
High Definition video clips and still images can be routed across the hospital’s IT network and recorded directly to centralized storage. This removes the need to keep dedicated recording equipment in each OR, reducing the amount of equipment in the room. As they’re captured, Full HD video and still images are automatically linked to the hospital’s PACS and electronic patient record systems.
“Previously, we had to make hard copy prints of surgical images captured in the OR, then scan them manually, and link them to patient files,” says Gerwin Vos, Head of Clinical Engineering at St Jansdal Hospital. “It was quite primitive and time consuming. With NUCLeUS, now everything’s far less technically complex and more efficient.”
Meanwhile, camera pictures from all six ORs are routed to the Head Nurse’s office, where they’re presented in a mosaic-style display. This gives a valuable overview of OR occupancy at any moment, helping St. Jansdal optimize use of room and staff resources.
The system also supports live video conferencing and training, with footage captured by NUCLeUS shared at surgical conferences, events and hospital “Open Days.”
NUCLeUS saves valuable time that was previously spent repeatedly connecting equipment in the OR. “Every time we had to connect an image source to a monitor, it meant another cable,” says Bieneke van Weeghel, OR Assistant at St. Jansdal Hospital. “Now with NUCLeUS, it’s really nice and simple—just touch the screen, and images are displayed right there where you want them. It also makes things neat and tidy, with less equipment and wiring in the room.”