CanaryBox hopes to make operating room sound more efficient

Back of CanaryBox

LINCOLN, Neb. One Lincoln tech startup is hoping that their technology will soon be used in operating rooms across the nation.

The CanaryBox was set into motion when one of the founders was in the middle of performing surgery and couldn’t communicate over music that was playing at a critical point in the procedure.

“Our CanaryBox device is something that integrates with the patient monitor,” said Dr. Eric Crimmins, one of the members of Canary Sound Design. “It helps to reduce that background noise in the event there’s a patient emergency or condition warrants us paying a little more attention to the care of that patient.”

The device pairs with whatever music source you have and then syncs with the patient monitor in the operating room. If something happens, like a drop in vitals, it adjusts the sound accordingly.

“This allows the staff to communicate better,” said Dr. Crimmins. “Allows us to hear and respond to alarms as they are intended.”

The whole process from conception to creation took about four years.

The current version of the CanaryBox has 10 units in hospitals and is even being tested out by one in Lincoln.

“Music can make a difference for the surgeon,” said Annie Crimmins, a member of Canary Sound Design. “It can improve focus and also motor skills. It can improve team dynamics because people working in operating rooms work there four, five, six days a week, so music can make a real difference.”

They are working to have a newer version of the CanaryBox right now.

Eric and Annie say the next year for Canary Sound Design will be a lot of work as they push to have it tested in more hospitals but the feedback they’ve already received keeps them looking ahead.

“We wanna make sure that good vital signs that are stable are a precondition to the music,” said Crimmins, “We are making sure that we are protecting the patient in as many ways as we can and also the staff.”