Readers picked CV Medical’s NuCART to win the Best in Show award for this year’s Excellence in Surgical Products Award. For more information, visit: compviewmedical.com
Why do you think readers were interested in learning more about the product?
NuCART is breaking barriers as the first integrated mobile boom and visualization system. Mobility enables any OR to be a multi-purpose hybrid, providing greater scheduling flexibility. Mobility of the boom system makes it simple to reconfigure the OR depending on the requirements of the surgical procedure and the patient’s position within the room. The entire system connects to a wall outlet through a single power cord.
NuCART’s mobility and its built-in video integration provide a simpler, less expensive alternative to upgrading image viewing capability. Mobility and integration help remove cost and physical barriers that have prohibited all surgical specialties, whether manual or robotic, from the benefit of operating in ORs where booms and advanced visualization are present. Because NuCART is mobile, it can be evaluated on-site, thus removing procurement risk. It is more easily procured than alternative boom systems that require years of planning and construction.
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
First, NuCART’s embedded visualization system supports enables high definition visualization of surgical video, X-ray, and other imaging modalities. Clear, crisp visual images help improve decision-making during surgery. Because the NuCART’s touchscreen-controlled video system works with the major vendors of imaging equipment and cameras, it can provide on-demand viewing of images required during a procedure. NuCART supports most manufacturers’ legacy and current equipment.
Second, NuCART improves ergonomics in surgery. For the first time, a mobile system has the boom reach to compete with overhead display booms. The positioning of displays into natural viewing zones can lessen discomfort caused by improper posture while performing surgery.
Finally, NuCART’s shelving helps consolidate multiple equipment carts into a single footprint, reducing clutter and trip hazards in the OR. A single power cord connects to the wall, helping to reduce trip related injuries from multiple cords on the floor.
What technical innovations does this product encapsulate and apply to the OR?
For the first time, a mobile cart can now rival the reach that a ceiling boom system provides for display positioning. NuCART ‘s six wheels distribute system weight, reducing pushing effort and providing greater stability. NuCART has directionally locking wheels to help the cart track straight while pushing down hallways and to lock the NuCART wheels into place during surgery.
NuCART’s visualization system incorporates a wireless tablet that controls the routing and switching of video signals, another first. By embedding the NuCART’s control system into a tablet, it has lowered out-of-pocket hardware cost and enabled future upgrades in technology and software. Because the tablet communicates via Wi-Fi to the NuCART, it is no longer necessary to route control wires through an OR’s ceilings and walls when positioning the touchscreen at the circulator’s desk. Additionally, the tablet can be undocked and used elsewhere in the OR. NuCART has built-in audio speakers that can also charge an MP3 player.
This award was featured in the November/ December 2015 issue of Surgical Products. To see the complete issue, click HERE.