System and method for the central control of devices used during an operation

  • US 8,439,821 B2
  • Filed: 02/02/2009
  • Issued: 05/14/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for controlling medical devices, comprising:

  • a first controller;

    at least one medical device having safety-related functions controlled by said first controller;

    a second controller in communication with said first controller;

    at least one device having non-safety-related functions controlled by said second controller;

    wherein said second controller can only control devices that do not have safety-related functions;

    a touch panel that communicates a control command associated with said at least one medical device having safety-related functions and a control command associated with said at least one device having non-safety related functions to said second controller;

    wherein said second controller controls said at least one device having non-safety-related functions based on the control command associated therewith received from said touch panel; and

    wherein said second controller communicates the control command associated with said at least one medical device having safety related functions received from said touch panel to said first controller.

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