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Cable Assemblies in the Operating Room

Cable Assemblies in the Operating Room

Electronics have become as prevalent in the operating room as the expected scalpels and masks—even the scalpels have been updated for the high-tech world. Cable assemblies are used to connect everything from patient monitoring devices to electrosurgical “scalpels.” We will examine the type of assemblies found in the operation room, their electrical, mechanical, quality, and packaging requirements, and the trends in this very specialized segment of the cable assembly market.

There are two major types of cable assemblies used in the operating room, patient monitoring assemblies and surgical assemblies—and some others that are very specialized.

C:UsersPatDocumentsMy WebsCableAssemblySupplierContentV2-I4 4-12-11Medical_Operating_Room_Bieksha_4-12-11.gifThe patient monitoring assemblies are used to track the patients’ vital statistics, such as blood pressure, pulse, ECG/EKG/ICG (electrocardiogram) heart monitoring, temperature, blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and other factors important to the surgical team in assessing how the patient is doing during the surgery. Many of these assemblies tend to be disposable, and utilize relatively simple and inexpensive connectors, such as button connectors, banana plugs, and insert-molded contacts. The connections to the patient tend to be disposable conductive patches, cuffs, and mechanical attachments. Some examples can be seen to the right.

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Jenny Bieksha

Jenny Bieksha

Market Analyst at Bishop & Associates Inc.
Jenny Bieksha joined Bishop & Associates in 2008 as its market segment director for the renewable energy, and the test, measurement, and instrumentation markets. She is currently a management consultant specializing in strategic business planning, with an emphasis on the development of program, market, and product plans. Bieksha has more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry, with a background in market management, business development, channel sales, product management, and operations for ITT Corporation, Delphi Connection Systems, and Hughes Aircraft Company. Bieksha has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Wyoming, and also holds a certificate as a project management professional.
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