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KARL STORZ C-HUB® II Control Unit named an Innovation of the year by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

25/09/2015 |

Comprehensive Video & Documentation Solution Supports Image Routing Among Multiple Devices

El Segundo, CA (September 24, 2015) – KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader in state-of-the-art endoscopy and operating room integration technologies for over 70 years, is proud to announce that the KARL STORZ C-HUB® II Control Unit was recognized as a 2015 Innovation of the Year by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS). Recipients of this year’s honors were announced during MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY WEEK, SLS Annual Meeting & Endo Expo in New York City.

Current generations of video intubation technologies used in surgical practice have added new capabilities for a range of procedures encompassing virtually every specialty, as well as simplifying routine and emergency airway management. Advantages are offered when caring for patients of virtually every age and size. The ability to easily and effectively distribute and manage videos can significantly enhance the benefits of the technology, and can support more effective documentation solutions.

The KARL STORZ C-HUB® II Control Unit represents a cost-effective yet comprehensive solution that offers true plug-and-play functionality in integrated ORs as well as in office environments. The unit links C-MAC® Airway Management components with external monitors as well as with existing computer systems for real-time viewing, video transfers, documentation and more. Additionally, the unit enables simultaneous viewing of the intubation and surgical endoscopic procedures, which helps streamline workflow Designed for integration in larger installations, the C-HUB® II unit offers control of white balance at the touch of a button. A video editor function is used to display, record and further process endoscopic images. Connections can be made to existing systems, using USB 2.0, HDMI and S-Video connections. A wireless signal reaches over 30 feet between boom- or tower-mounted transmitters and a receiver-equipped monitor for convenient video transfers. Added monitors need only be equipped with an additional receiver unit.

The C-HUB® II provides an interface for video image routing among various devices, including medical and commercial video monitors, OR1® integrated operating rooms, and other systems. “Workflow within the OR and the overall team environment can be streamlined. And, teaching and training programs gain new capabilities and efficiencies with the addition of dynamic video content, “ according to Michael E. Lyman, Director of Sales and Marketing, Airway Management, Anesthesiology & Emergency Medicine, KARL STORZ. “Additionally, procedural documentation, including images of the patient’s airway, makes it easier to create and store a record of potentially difficult airway management scenarios for future applications.”

About the SLS Innovations of the Year
SLS recognizes the most innovative products of the past year that have a multidisciplinary application in minimally invasive surgery. Innovations of the Year are announced in September at SLS’ Minimally Invasive Surgery Week Annual Meeting and Endo Expo. Products are selected for informational purposes only. SLS does not endorse or approve any products. Surgeons should investigate any new equipment for safety and suitability for their particular practice and needs.

About the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons was established as an educational, non-profit organization to help ensure the highest standards for the practice of laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery. The Society serves surgeons from various specialties and other health professionals who are interested in advancing their expertise in the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of Laparoendoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. With an international membership of over 6,000 surgeons, the organization offers a unique approach to the study and education of minimally invasive surgery by bringing together different medical specialties that use the techniques and tools of minimally invasive surgery.

About KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America
KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for over 70 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company’s Website at