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Operating theatre. View of a modern operating theatre. At centre is the operating table surroun- ded by medical equipment and monitors. At centre, behind the table is an anaesthetic machine. At centre left is a vital signs monitor which gives readings of pulse, blood pressure and blood oxygen level. The blood warmer is at centre right (grey box)and is used during transfusion. A diathermy unit (blue box, lower left) is used in sealing and cutting procedures. At centre left is a T.V. monitor that receives pictures relayed from probes in keyhole surgery (endoscopy); there is a probe or endoscope on the operating table. Above the table there are powerful tungsten lights.
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