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Defense Logistics Agency helps military medical facilities enhance patient care with high-tech operating rooms
Date:7/2/2012

PHILADELPHIA, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Defense Logistics Agency is helping military medical facilities enrich the quality of care provided to America's service members and their families.

State-of-the-art integrated operating rooms will enable medical providers to enhance patient safety and outcomes, and provide improved practitioner efficiency, said Andrew Wechter, the DLA Troop Support medical equipment division chief.

"The new contracts for integrated operating rooms will have a significant impact on enhancing patient care at Department Of Defense medical facilities," Wechter said. "These state-of-the-art operating rooms offer shorter, less invasive procedures that are performed with the best technology available."

Bob Zalewski, program manager and an integrated supply team chief in DLA Troop Support's medical capital equipment division, said doctors will continue to provide quality medical care to their patients as a result of the user-friendly, integrated technologies that will help the entire surgical team function better.

According to Zalewski, integrated operating rooms are relatively new technology in the commercial marketplace, with components including items such as surgical lights, cameras, surgical monitors, operating room integration systems, ceiling mounted equipment booms, anesthesia booms and digital capture systems. While most of these items are standard in any operating room, these new integrated operating rooms will enable each of these items to be operated with the push of a few buttons.

The system is based on modular design principles so it can be adapted to the needs of multiple surgeons and various procedures, Zalewski said. Contracts include turnkey installation and maintenance.

"The technology will allow the customers to integrate surgical planning and navigation, image data management, advanced visualization, and intra-operative imaging," he added.

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