Traditionally, Merivaara has developed its products with a strong attention on user-friendliness. By doing this, the company is making sure the products will enable hospital staff to get the most out of their equipment and, as a result, to focus on what is most important: the patient.
Now, the newest concept by Merivaara is set to further enhance operating room technology and increase the usability of operating rooms as a whole.
Building on Merivaara’s integrated operating room control system OpenOR, the new concept Merivaara Fluent will help operating room staff focus on what they do best, while improving hygiene levels and reducing the risk of infection. All this will greatly contribute to improved patient safety and increased quality of care.
According to Ms Josefin Hoviniemi, Director of Marketing and Domestic Sales, Merivaara Fluent has been developed as a response to the increasing role of technology in today’s operating room and the effect it is having on the work of nursing staff and even surgeons.
“Just consider all this modern technology. These days, there can be more than a dozen different devices and user interfaces in just a single operating room,” Hoviniemi points out. “With rapid technological development and fierce competition, new solutions are developed all the time. When it comes to the people that actually work in the operating room, this can be more of a hindrance than a help.”
Q-Flow is the latest addition to the product family compatible with Merivaara Fluent. A surgical light developed in close collaboration with the end-user, Q-Flow (the light on the right) boasts a number of new and innovative technical features. Pictured in the middle is Jyrki Nieminen, Director of R&D and Product Management at Merivaara.
Focus on Saving Lives
For over a hundred years, Merivaara has been a trusted designer and manufacturer of hospital equipment. When developing its integrated operating room system, the company was placing particular emphasis on two main aspects.
Firstly, open architecture: instead of a closed system that would force hospitals to buy all of their equipment from one and the same supplier, Merivaara wanted to create an open one that, when needed, could be integrated with the equipment of several different suppliers.
“We wanted to make it possible for hospitals to buy their equipment from wherever they please,” Hoviniemi points out.
Secondly, the solution was to be so simple and accessible that nurses and doctors of all ages, including those who are not that accustomed to modern technology, would have no difficulty in using them. This philosophy is now adapted to the new Merivaara Fluent concept.
“It is not uncommon that even within hospitals the systems used may vary among the individual operating rooms and departments,” says Hoviniemi. “You can do a great amount of things with today’s hospital equipment; however, it is simply not possible for the staff to get the most out of it when they don’t even have the time to learn how it all works!”
According to Hoviniemi, many of the user interfaces currently available have been designed by engineers for engineers, when in fact they should instead be designed with the end-user in mind.
“If you studied anatomy and how to take care of a human being, you don’t want your user interface to be full of complex terminology that only engineers can understand,” Hoviniemi points out. “Keeping that in mind, we are focusing on making the user interfaces for the products included in the Merivaara Fluent concept very visual and easy to understand, no matter what the device. Thanks to that, some of our test-users have even managed to use the devices in a language they’re not familiar with.”
Keeping all this in mind, imagine yourself lying on an operating table, desperately waiting for your life to be saved. Now, which sight would you rather prefer: the operating room staff struggling with their complex equipment that they have not had the time to familiarize themselves with, or seamless cooperation between everyone and everything involved in the surgery?
Yeah, we thought so too.
Text and images by Industrial PRIME
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