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Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2013 Jun;27(3):311-22. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2012.11.003. Epub 2012 Dec 21.

Operating room of the future.

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  • 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, St Mary's Hospital, 1092, 10th Floor, QEQM, South Wharf Road, Paddington, London W2 1NY, UK.


Development of surgical care in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on demonstrating safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness. Over the past 2 decades, the potential role of simulation in surgery has been explored with encouraging results; this can now be linked to direct improvement in the quality of care provision. Computer-assisted surgical platforms, such as robotic surgery, offer us the versatility to embrace a host of technical and technological developments. Rapid development in nanomedicine will expand the limits of operative performance through improved navigation and surgical precision. Integration of the multiple functions of the future operating room will be essential in optimising resource management. The key to bringing about the necessary paradigm shift in the design and delivery of modern surgical care is to appreciate that we now function in an information age, where the integrity of processes is driven by apt data management.

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