The flexibility of the new OR enhances patient safety by eliminating the need to transfer the patient to another operating room when a problem arises.
Akron, OH (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Hasenstab Architects recently designed a new hybrid endovascular operating room for Akron General Medical Center. The 780-square foot hybrid surgical suite provides advanced capabilities for endovascular and coronary diagnostics and treatment with the additional ability to perform more invasive surgery if necessary.
“The flexibility of the new OR enhances patient safety by eliminating the need to transfer the patient to another operating room when a problem arises,” said David Everhard, principal and project manager for Hasenstab Architects. “Also, the requirement for an open heart OR to be on standby, but unused when catheterization procedures are being performed is eliminated allowing for better utilization of the facility.”
In order to accommodate multiple procedure scenarios, the equipment that was incorporated also needed to be flexible. Storage cabinets were designed with a rolling cart system and can be wheeled in from an adjacent sterile storage room. The space is also fitted with multiple large monitors on long booms, which can be arranged where required or positioned out of the field if not needed. The room can also be updated to provide other advanced cardiovascular procedures as medical advances take place.
To provide space for the new hybrid OR, two older operating rooms were demolished and combined. The ceiling space provides boom mounted arms for two 50” monitors, four smaller monitors, four operating lights, an equipment boom at the foot of the table and an anesthesia boom at the head of the table. Overhead medical gas connections were also provided if the perfusion machine is required during open heart surgery.
As surgical procedures become more advanced and less invasive, hybrid and integrated ORs have quickly become a popular trend.
“By being able to provide this OR setting for patients, the hospital can increase patient satisfaction, improve outcomes and lower readmission rates,” Everhard said. “It also sends the message that the hospital is willing to invest in the best technology for the long term benefit of the community, doctors and staff.”
The new hybrid operating room complements a series of high-tech operating rooms also designed by Hasenstab Architects at Akron General Medical Center including two integrated operating rooms, as well as the iCT and iMRI operating rooms.
About Hasenstab Architects
Since 1982, Hasenstab Architects has provided professional design services for the healthcare, educational, science/technology, and commercial industries in Northeast Ohio. Past projects include Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower, Summa Health System’s Jean B. and Milton N. Cooper Cancer Center, Akron Zoo’s Grizzly Ridge, The University of Akron’s National Polymer Innovation Center, and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM School. http://www.hasenstabinc.com