HOW TO SELECT AN OT TABLE

An operating table is a table on which a patient lies during a surgical procedure. The purpose is to keep the patient in place while the surgical team operates, and may move various parts of the body using their accessories for easier access to the surgical site. They are typically used within an operating room, ambulatory surgery center, primary health care centers or other healthcare facilities, where surgeries are performed. Operating tables are used in various types of procedures such as cardio-thoracic, orthopedic, bariatric, robotic, urology, and more.

A superior operating table is the foundation for better patient outcomes, versatile, easy-to-use and built for today’s procedures. While selecting a OT table the key trends to consider are clinical effectiveness, patient safety, and enhanced productivity. Here are the five important factors to consider while buying an operating table:

1.What kind of procedures will be performed in the surgical suite?

A specialty hospital operation table has different needs than a general hospital operating table, performing a variety of surgeries, including Trendelenburg, lateral, prone,C-arm support for fluoroscopy and many more features.
Hospitals that specialize in neurology, orthopedics, urology, bariatric surgeries should prefer a table designed specifically for that procedure. Thus, general operating tables cannot offer the features required for specialized surgeries but are cost efficient and can fit in for every price range.

2.What Basic Features Are Important to You?

When you’re selecting a surgical table, there are some key characteristics you should look for in any model. These features should meet all the demands of the operating room and the surgeons. An optimized operating table can improve workflow and facilitate the use of all the available features.
The features can include comfortable access to the patient’s incision site, monitor accessibility, the ability to safely position the patient as needed, and the flexibility of taking images of the patient quickly and easily during surgery. The table should be made of radiolucent material, meaning X-Rays can see through it.

3.Do you want a Stationary or a Mobile Operating Table?

A stationary operating table features a table column that is securely anchored to the floor. Usually a fixed surgical table will have a variety of specialty top sections which can be removed or added as required, depending on what procedure is being performed.
A mobile operating table can be used in any size facility, and they are by far the most popular option.

4.Should you go for an hydraulic OT table or a motorized Table?

Operating tables are essential in any OR, because patients stability and comfort depend on them in any procedure, therefore, they must be stable and well-padded. Earlier, hydraulic OT Tables were used but over the time, there was oil leakage due to which they would fail in the middle of a surgery. With technological advancements, motorized OT Tables are developed. Motorized OT Tables are more reliable and offers a variety of features as compared to hydraulic OT table

5.What Height and Weight Range do you need?

To meet the ergonomic requirements of the surgeon and other operating staff, an adjustable table is a necessity. Most current operating tables have adjustability ranging from 73 cm to 122 cm.
Earlier, only hospitals specializing in bariatric surgery needed bariatric tables.
However, with the changing lifestyle and unhealthy food habits, a table able to accommodate larger patients is a wise investment.
Obese people are more likely to suffer from serious health problems such heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer — making them frequent consumers of healthcare services.
Earlier, only hospitals specializing in bariatric surgery needed bariatric tables.
However, with the changing lifestyle and unhealthy food habits, a table able to accommodate larger patients is a wise investment.
Obese people are more likely to suffer from serious health problems such heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer — making them frequent consumers of healthcare services.

6. What is your budget for the operating table?

With products available at almost any price point, it can be difficult to make smart purchasing decisions that support the efficiency, growth and success of your hospital and meet the needs of your surgical suite.
A high-quality specialty surgery table can cost up to three times as much as a general surgery table, so consider your needs carefully to avoid spending money unnecessarily.


How implementing blockchain in supply chain will change the landscape of pharmaceuticals?

It’s all about process, reliability and efficiency. The cold chain supply industry is implementing the state of the art technology in the supply process for the clients to be assured of the quality of the products. Blockchain, along with a cocktail of other technology such as AI and IOT, ensures a seamless and trustworthy supply. Blockchain is a complicated term that we hear every day, but ignore to understand it’s applications. We complement it to bitcoin and transfer of money, but we do not understand it’s power. By using blockchain in supply models for cold chain, we are able to create a secure documentation of storage temperatures at every mile (from manufacturer to end user).

Blockchain does not only provide a secure transmission of data, but also is used in delivery tracking, with the help of mobile management tools. Using cloud- based platform to track their own products, various stakeholders (consumers, manufacturers, delivery heads) can have access to different levels of data of their product’s supply… “Factors such as current shipment location and proof of delivery are verified in real time by the different stakeholders. This ensures accurate delivery tracking, quality control and perhaps most importantly, customer satisfaction.” (Blockchain)

A diamond architecture of visibility is created- with every aspect of the delivery of cold chain products being scrutinized. However, even these diamonds have scars. Wi-Fi, radio waves and Bluetooth , like all other waves, have limited range and provide limited data over a period of time. To track prodigious amounts of data at all times (real-time) – when access to internet is seemingly impossible- a different technology needs to be implemented such as connection to the optic fibres of old age that transmitted telephonic data. Other LPWAN technology can be used in certain countries where internet is available even in the slightest of forms.

The cold chain supply industry is on a highway to solve all these implications and provide a cost effective solution for an unbroken cold chain.

By- Anoushka Kabra
Lifeplan Technical Solutions 

Citations:
“Blockchain for Your Cold Chain: Here’s How It Works.” NuDeliverIt , 6 June 2018, http://www.nudeliverit.com/blockchain-for-your-cold-chain-heres-how-it-works/ .
Photo credit: https://www.mhlnews.com/technology-automation/blockchain-single-immutable-serialized- source-truth


WHY ARE GLASS OTs THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE?

There is no material that is older and has a brighter future than glass

The material glass is known for already 9,000 years but especially today belongs to the most modern solutions for customers who emphasize hygiene, safety and design. There are nearly no limits neither in processing nor in design. In Healthcare, architects, designers and planners of OTs as well as surgeons and other medical staff need a material to rely on completely. Glass is such a material

Why Glass?

  • Extremely tough, steady and functional
  • Does not age
  • Easy to clean
  • Absolutely hygienic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Scratch and shock proof
  • Translucent