By John Filonow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Stillwater Medical Center Authority Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a C-Arm for $226,281 for the surgery center Tuesday.
According to minutes from the hospital’s finance committee, the surgery center has an overall capital budget of $500,000.
A C-Arm is an imaging scanner intensifier with radiographic capabilities.
At the finance committee meeting, Director of Surgery Center West Doug Blessen said the C-Arm is used for pain management, orthopedic surgery and general surgery.
Denise Webber, vice-president of administrative services, said the C-Arm which the surgery center had is no longer in service and the equipment is used often for pain injections.
“With pain management it provides an exact spot to put the needle,” Webber said.
The board also approved the purchase of a hands-free wireless communication system called Vocera for $175,000.
The hospital had already purchased 75 of the wearable voice-activated phones for clinical staff, but the finance committee had recommended purchasing 140 more to be used by staff in imaging and the pharmacy.
The phones can be used to communicate with other hospital employees by pushing a button and saying a person’s name or position.
Webber said there was a bit of a learning curve at first with the phones, but they can be programmed to respond to a person’s voice.