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are activated. A facility I once managed had two or three shared circuits in the OR. Randomly one day, the blanket warmer, C-arm, surgical microscope and other devices were all on the same circuit. When staff activated the C-arm, the circuit blew. Everyone thought it was a power outage, and waited for the gener- ator to kick in, but nothing came on, so we had to race to the elec- trical room to reset the circuit. When we built our newest sur- gery center, we included a dedi- cated plug and circuit for the C- arm, as well as a wall plug for uploading images to our digital integration system and ultimately to the cloud. (C-arms can store a limited number of images, so check both storage space and digi- tal integration capabilities.) • Upkeep. Even if you have your own X-ray techs, make sure to designate a nurse or surgical tech to be responsible for the machine, the required training and radiation safety education, weekly testing and general upkeep. Proper and consistent maintenance will extend the longevity of a C-arm. A final point: If your C-arm goes down, cases will grind to a halt. It might be a good idea to purchase multiple units, so you'll always have a back-up available. OSM Ms. Reiter (kreiter@discmdgroup.com) is CEO of DISC Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif. J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 5 9 Ziehm Imaging Vision FD ziehm.com 407-615-8560 Intended as a cost-effective, high-quality imaging option for outpatient facilities performing more complex procedures, this C-arm offers a choice between a 20.5cm x 20.5cm CMOS flat panel detector or a 31cm x 31cm amorphous silicon (aSi) flat panel detector. Its liquid cooling system, paired with a 2.4kW pulsed monoblock genera- tor, extends continuous use. Other characteris- tics and features touted by Ziehm include low noise levels, clear magnifications and enhanced dose management that provides high-quality images with minimized radiation doses.

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