Today's car stereos are intelligent enough to react to unfastened seatbelts and impending collisions.
What is the IQ of the music system in your operating room?
Designed for the operating room, CanaryBox* automatically quiets or silences intraoperative music at clinically appropriate times. Flexible vital sign algorithms efficiently minimize noise and help to improve workflow and communication among the surgical team.
"...In one report, 62% of anesthesiologists liked music in the OR, 51% felt that music was a distraction when problems were encountered..." (Strickland)
What does it do?
CanaryBox reduces music listening volumes in accordance with adjustable patient vital sign zones.
What about false triggers?
The user can customize zones as well as set delay intervals to minimize nuisance triggers such as an oximetry probe falling off a finger or a surgeon leaning on a blood pressure cuff. A heart rate fallback to oximetry prevents triggers from electrocautery.
Which vital signs?
Heart rate, oxygen saturation, and non-invasive blood pressure. Invasive blood pressure is an option for GE Carescape, Philips Intellivue and Drager Delta Infinity. The user can select as many or as few as desired (e.g. mean blood pressure alone during cardiopulmonary bypass).
What if there's no patient in the room?
CanaryBox can be put into a music-playing standby mode for room turnovers.
Is CanaryBox FDA compliant?
Yes, given its intended use to simplify and automate the control of music volume in the operating room. CanaryBox falls within Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations 880.6310. It does not control or alter the functions or parameters of any connected medical device, nor does it manage or broadcast alarms.
Which monitors does it work with?
Five so far: GE Carescape, Philips Intellivue MP/MX series, Drager Delta Infinity, Spacelabs (PDL), and Datex-Ohmeda CardioCap 5.
Is it 'medical grade'?
Depending where it is placed, it may be within 6 feet of the patient therefore it has a medical grade power supply (60601). The device operates at 5V, is shielded for electromagnetic compatibility, and has passed FCC15 testing. The touchscreen is glass and tolerant of strong cleaners, as is the ABS case.
Does it attach directly to the patient?
No, it interfaces via a serial cable to the anesthesia monitor. (Please consult the manufacturer's manual for connections requirements)
How does it play music?
CanaryBox accepts a standard 3.5mm audio input so any ipod, ipad, iphone, or computer can serve as a music source. It has a standard 3.5mm audio output jack to interface with the room's existing sound system.
What if our music system is across the room from the anesthesia monitor?
A longer audio cable is sometimes necessary to reach the amplifier. Shielded 35-50ft cables are available that preserve sound quality and can be routed to fit the room. Alternatively, wireless connections can be accomplished via a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.
How much does it cost?
Our goal is to keep the cost low - about the same as an iPad. Depending on the manufacturer, monitor interfacing accessories may be required (see links below).
Will you be at any conferences?
We will be at the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation conference on OR distractions in Phoenix this September 2016, the Society for Technology in Anesthesia annual meeting in San Diego January 11-14, 2017, and the ASA annual meeting in Boston October 2017.