Increased usability and smart design for the operating room
Merivaara Corp., a Finnish provider of hospital furniture and operating room systems, has created a new concept, Merivaara Fluent™, that will enhance operating room technology and increase the usability of ORs. It achieves this by helping the nursing staff focus on what they do best and by improving hygiene levels and reducing the risk of infection, thus furthering patient safety and quality of care.
The new concept builds on Merivaara's integrated operating room control system, which has been very well received and is already being used in several countries. With this concept, Merivaara is taking its design philosophy to create user-friendly equipment further into other product areas.
”Operating rooms usually have many different devices and several user interfaces, such as a wall panel, a computer or a control panel on the unit itself. The fact that these user interfaces are not made in a logical or visually uniform way affects usability, and the operating room staff will often have to spend too much time learning how to use them,” explains Jyrki Nieminen, Director of R&D and Product Management at Merivaara.
“Our aim is to make the functions easy to understand, consistent and uniform, whatever the device.”
The latest addition to the new concept is a surgical light, Q-Flow™, which has been developed in close collaboration with end-users. Boasting a host of outstanding technical features, the new surgical light has been designed with optimal operating room ventilation in mind. This will help keep the air around the patient clean, thereby reducing the risk of infection.