A new operating room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital offers a wealth of
resources to the physicians who use it,
their patients and physicians located
around the world.
The first of its kind in St. Louis, the
room is equipped with centralized control
surgical equipment, including
surgical devices, video monitors and
other systems, historic patient archives,
endoscopic video, video on demand and
two-way Web-based communication.
Typically, the room serves patients
requiring minimally invasive and
weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.
“With this new integrated technology
and enhanced visual definition,
we may provide improved surgical
outcomes,” says Esteban Varela, MD,
Washington University bariatric
surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Surgeons using this operating room
can not only record procedures
from multiple camera angles for
training purposes, but they also can
stream live surgeries in real time to
physicians anywhere via the Internet.
“This technology allows us to obtain
pictures not only from the room
but through the endoscope,” says
Varela. “Advances like these allow us
to develop our clinical and teaching
missions both locally and abroad.”
For example, Varela and his colleagues
will use the technology to stream an
upcoming graduate medical course
about hernia repair to surgeons in
South America and China.
One operating room at the hospital
has this unique technology installed,
but more are a possibility in the
future, according to Colleen
Becker, RN, executive director of
perioperative services at Barnes-
Jewish. “This technology fully supports
our commitment to delivering the
highest levels of patient care,” says