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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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You'll find no shortage of vendors and experts praising the quality of 4K mon- itors, but if you've been satisfied with HD is there really any urgency to switch to 4K? Probably not — espe- cially if the source you're using to route images and videos through is still in HD. After all, it doesn't make sense to have a high-end monitor with a low-end source. "4K is driven by source and not mon- itor," says Mr. Soudagar. "If your source is HD and it can scale up to 4K, then you're fine with an HD monitor. If, however, your source is already in 4K, then it makes more sense to go down the 4K path." Specialty plays a role, too. For ortho- pedic cases, where surgeons are mainly looking at fluoroscopy images, you don't need 4K. But if you're doing robotics or laparoscop- ic procedures where the endoscopy equipment is in 4K, you'll want a compatible video monitor. "It's all about the granularity of the image," says Mr. Soudagar. "That granularity really showcases the differences in tissue color. It makes those whites, yellows and off-whites really pop." No matter the screen size. OSM M A Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 1 • RULE OF 2 For all minimally invasive procedures, there should be a minimum of 2 monitors so staff on either side of the bed have an unobstructed line of vision without having to contort their necks. St. Vincent's HealthCare

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