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February 16, 2005

Technology in the Operating Suite

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 2005;293(7):863-866. doi:10.1001/jama.293.7.863

The advantages of the technology revolution can be seen and felt in virtually every arena of modern life. Computer microchips now organize the vital events occurring within the basic mechanisms of automobiles, children match their fingers’ reflexes, dance steps, and wits against virtual entities on video screens, and interactions with business colleagues, friends, and family occur electronically at any distance almost instantly. Until recently, the surgical teams in most operating rooms were using tools and techniques little different from those used decades ago. However, that is changing rapidly, and innovation is now invading the operating suite.1

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