Surgeries beamed to the world
A CUTTING edge operating theatre, which is able to transmit live surgeries to the world, opened at John Flynn Hospital last Tuesday.
The hospital started to use the glass modular operating theatre two weeks ago.
It is the first of its kind in Australia and John Flynn is the first hospital in the world to use the new technology from Olympus.
The high-tech operating theatre is equipped with video technology that allows surgeons to perform operations whilst transmitting high definition video to the world.
Orthopaedic surgeon Ray Randle is grateful to have the multi-million dollar technology at his finger tips.
"The most important feature of this theatre is that we can use it for teaching in a way that we have never previously been able," he said.
"It's very, very good that we can transmit all of our surgeries around the world.
"People can log on, watch me and ask questions."
Dr Randle, who has been a surgeon for 27 years, said a lot of time and money was spent by surgeons learning how to perform certain surgeries.
As a doctor who travels and teaches he said the technology was a vital learning tool for students and other surgeons.
Olympus' digital operating theatres Queensland David Tzortzis said there were a lot of advantages in the new operating theatre.
"There's the ability to do remote diagnosis, it improves patient outcomes and having all glass surrounds makes it a lot more hygienic," he said.
"It is also a calming environment for the surgeons; the blue colour is relaxing and much easier on the human eye.
"This is their (the surgeon's) office and this is a world class facility, there's nothing else like it in Australia."
John Flynn CEO Greg Jenke said it was a great asset to have a 10th operating theatre.
"The room was originally used as a storage room for our intensive care unit," he said.
"But now it's a state-of-the-art theatre that has many advantages for patients and the hospital."