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EIRMC Boasts Idaho's First Fully Integrated Surgical Robotics Suite

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center unveiled its new fully integrated surgical robotics suite Friday, the first facility of its kind in the state. The 800-square-foot operating suite includes EIRMC’s Da Vinci Surgical Robot System and a new fully loaded high-definition laparoscopic video system.

Laparoscopic surgery, often referred to as minimally invasive surgery, is a procedure with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. During the surgical procedure, small incisions of up to half an inch are made and plastic tubes, called ports, are placed through the incisions. These tools give EIRMC patients the opportunity to undergo surgeries with lower recovery times and fewer post-surgical complications.

The surgical suite is the only one of its kind in Idaho and puts EIRMC at the forefront of robotic and laparoscopic surgery, hospital officials said.

The surgical room was designed to house all the electronic equipment that supports the surgical robot and the redundant video systems. The majority of electrical and communication cables are run within the walls, eliminating trip and contamination hazards. With less equipment out, the turnover time is drastically shorter between surgeries. Hospital employees can scrub the room and decontaminate in 15 to 20 minutes.

“This is a part of a bigger expansion of our laparoscopy and video technology throughout all of our operation rooms, and this is just the first one,” Hawthorne said.

The state-of-the art operation room housed its first surgery May 30 and has housed between 15 to 20 since.


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