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Hospital gets newest equipment.

West Point, N.Y.

ONE of the two operating rooms at the U.S. Military Academy's Keller Army Community Hospital has gone state-of-the-art with the addition of an all-in-one equipment management and visualization system.

The NuBOOM system is designed to be a permanently installed fixture in operating rooms that incorporate medical video equipment. The system features two nine-foot booms with 35-inch extension arms for precise, six-axis monitor positioning, and a touch-panel control system to easily select the video source for each monitor.

Surgery teams at KACH can now enter the operating room and find all the equipment they need already in place, said Col. Thomas M. DeBerardino, director of the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship and head team physician for all Army athletics at West Point.

"The system is designed to make the operating area more ergonomically efficient, and helps ensure rapid turnover time between cases because there's less equipment moving in and out of the operating room," DeBerardino said. "Additionally, with these articulating arms that have high-definition TV monitor screens, we can view everything right in front of us--it's equivalent to a pilot's heads up display."

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DeBerardino said the NuBOOM system was a good fit for the older infrastructure at KACH, because it bolts to the floor. Being an older hospital, the operating rooms there could not have been easily fitted with devices similar to the NuBOOM that must hang from the ceiling.

Keller is the first hospital in the Army to use the NuBOOM system, but about 50 more will get it in the next year or so. It is also expected that KACH's second operating room will be equipped with the NuBOOM by mid-2008.

--Eric S. Bartelt, USMA PAO
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Title Annotation:Postmarks: From Army Posts Around the World; Keller Army Community Hospital, NuBOOM
Author:Bartelt, Eric S.
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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