Maquet's Magnus ergonomic operating table reaches 1000 sales
15 Oct 2010
More than 1,000 of Maquet's Magnus
operating table systems have been placed into operation worldwide.
The OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium took the 1,000th
operating table in August. The hospital uses five of the tables for
minimally invasive surgery in gynaecology, abdominal surgery and
robot-aided urology surgery. The system is used to perform some 350
prostatectomies per year at OLV.
Suitable working conditions for the surgical team
are a fundamental prerequisite for ensuring that operations are
performed ergonomically and safely. This applies to the entire
surgical area but in particular to the operating table.
published in Deutsche Ärzteblatt in 2006
revealed that 45% of the surgeons interviewed had
to use a step during surgery to compensate for the height of the
operating table. About 33% of doctors and 56% of surgical nursing
staff reported that problems with operating tables and steps have
caused hazardous situations to persons in the OR on several
Dr Geert Vandenbroucke, anesthesiologist and Medical Director at
OLV in Aalst, Belgium, is well aware of ergonomic deficits and knows
how to avoid them: "Ergonomic aspects already play a significant
role in the equipping of operating rooms. For instance, we have
equipped ORs in which new and innovative surgical techniques are
used with Maquet's Magnus operating table system. Its individual
adjustment options ensure relaxed and safe work processes —
especially for laparoscopic surgery.
"The Magnus impresses users thanks to its tilt and turn
functionality. It is the only table that offers unlimited patient
positioning options, which is something we really need in many areas
of minimally invasive surgery. The excellent access to the surgical
field and the optimum patient care enabled by the table ensure an
excellent work flow."
The Magnus operating table in OLV Clinic, Aalst
An increasing number of decision-makers in administration and
purchasing are starting to become aware of the process optimization
that can be achieved with ergonomics, thus increasing profitability.
Bernhard Kulik, Head of Product Management for Operating
Tables at Maquet explains: "The correct use of medical equipment not
only relieves the burden on surgeons and the operating team — it
also has an effect on efficiency and therefore on profitability. As
a high-performance centre, the operating room is particularly prone
to complications and risks resulting from non-ergonomic equipment.
This can have major monetary implications for a hospital."