Philips and Skytron team up to provide hybrid operating rooms

19 June 2008

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) and Skytron have entered into a partnership to supply hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive cardiovascular surgical procedures in North and South America. The solution combines Philips’ cardiovascular x-ray systems with Skytron’s surgery room equipment to enable clinicians treat cardiovascular patients in the same room.

Increasingly, clinicians require more versatile environments that enable them to carry out complex minimally invasive interventions. By working together to tailor solutions to meet each customer’s needs, Philips and Skytron will supply operating rooms that optimize workflow whilst reducing the length of the planning and installation process.

The operating rooms will give clinical staff a more tailored and intuitive environment that has the potential to reduce costs for the care provider and decrease the amount of time the patient spends in the hospital.

“By working together with Skytron we’re able to provide hybrid operating rooms that offer flexibility along with easy to operate equipment in a room with optimal layout,” said Bert van Meurs, senior vice president of cardiovascular x-ray, Philips Healthcare.

“The hybrid room solution from Skytron and Philips combines excellent medical equipment and information solutions, together with our experience in delivering turn-key hybrid operating rooms,” commented David Mehney, President & CEO of Skytron.

Philips will provide interventional x-ray equipment and specialised imaging tables, whilst Skytron will deliver advanced operating room communications control integration, and surgical lighting and boom technologies specifically designed to support hybrid surgical suites. The operating rooms will be suitable for a wide range of image-guided interventional radiology procedures including cardiovascular, vascular and cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

Skytron and Philips will work together across North and South America, including Latin America and Canada.

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