STERIS, Toshiba to collaborate on hybrid medical suites

STERIS ($STE) and Toshiba America Medical Systems are teaming up to develop advanced vascular, cardiovascular, pediatric and neurosurgical hybrid surgical suites.

Under the collaboration, Toshiba will provide tableside digital information and imaging technologies, and STERIS will deliver custom-designed high-definition integrated surgical suites featuring LED surgical lighting and visualization systems, and Harmony iQ advanced integration and OR equipment management solutions.

"Hybrid operating rooms offer tremendous opportunities to advance care, but designing and building these complex rooms is a huge task," explained Robert Popilock, senior market development manager, STERIS Surgical Solutions. "Challenges such as how to eliminate collision points for equipment, optimize circulator pathways and provide ergonomic and intuitive tools at the surgical field, must be addressed. We are pleased to be able to help streamline the decision, design and integration processes for customers through collaboration with Toshiba America Medical Systems, a leader in the hybrid OR space."

Hybrid suites have been in the news lately. Recently, Maquet, a unit of Sweden's Getinge Group, discussed its restructuring plans for its U.S. sales and services organization to meet the needs of hybrid operating rooms. Hybrid ORs combine minimally invasive cardiac surgery with percutaneous coronary interventions, eliminating the need to move a patient to a different room, according to the statement.

- see the STERIS release
- check out the Maquet release