Imagine a highly automated factory floor plan where the workflow is improperly designed. The result would be utter chaos. Now think of the same situation in a hi-tech operating room which merges several functions. The importance of designing perfect spaces of integrated operating rooms cannot be stressed enough. An integrated operating room blurs the distinction between surgical and imaging functions and design requirements. The healthcare industry is gradually transforming from conventional operating methods to intraoperative approach for surgeries.
Benefits of having Integrated Operating Rooms
An Integrated operating room is facilitated with advanced medical imaging equipment with the help of interconnectivity through an established communication system. This operating room makes use of new surgical equipment which enhances the safety of the patient. Hence, the mortality rate has decreased in the past decade due to safer operating environments. These operating rooms have also proved to be time and cost saving in the long run along with having an efficient and content OR staff.
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The demand for the transformation
The increasing demand for minimally invasive surgeries is driving the growth of the market for Integrated operating rooms. With the growing number of heart patients globally, the demand for these low invasive heart surgeries is increasing. Hence, the market is dominated by applications in cardiovascular and neurosurgery.
Installing an Integrated OR is a challenge to standard hospital room sizes, as not only the imaging system requires some additional space, but there are also more people in the room compared to a normal OR. A team of 8 to 20 people including anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, technicians, support staff from device companies etc. can work in such an OR. The cost of installing these Integrated ORs as well as the cost of treatment using them are of major concern. Moreover, the staff needs to be specially trained to manage this equipment efficiently. On the whole, the high cost of establishment and safety concerns are the major challenges before the market.
Installation and making of an Integrated operating rooms
Planning and designing are two of the major factors in installing an integrated operating room in hospitals. The integrated operating rooms should be designed in such a manner that it must meet all the requirements and space issues. Advances in technology have led to the availability of multi-specialty equipment, which serves multiple purposes that could easily solve the space issues. Operating rooms are designed in such a way that some equipment could be parked outside the surgical field. The size of Integrated OR ranges from 750 to 1,200 square feet. Usually, the target area is 1000 square feet and the additional area is for supplies and other equipment. A hospital needs to have space this large to install integrated OR. A team of physicians and various departments work on the design and layout of the room.
The concrete planning is refined in several steps by specialized architects and vendors of OR equipment and imaging systems in a closed feedback loop with the planning team. Virtual visualization of the room, visits to established integrated rooms, and information exchange with experienced users help tremendously during the planning process. A design team comprised of a collaborative group of architects, engineers, equipment planners, and consultants specializing in acoustics, vibration and audiovisual design and integration works in conjunction with a hospital team representing the composition of medical and technical staff who will be using the Integrated OR.
Author: Jay Karia
Digital Marketing Executive at Inkwood Research.