Hybrid Operating Rooms: Choose Your Leader Wisely

August 11, 2014  |  Brian Adams

One reason hybrid operating room renovations are so challenging is the number of consultants and vendors involved. This week we discuss seven techniques we have found to be effective in bringing a project to market quickly with minimal headaches.

Choose design team leaders who take a hands-on role in equipment coordination
Simply inserting equipment vendor drawings into the project construction documents often means the overlap between vendors on ductwork, conduit runs, data, and other utilities isn’t coordinated until construction is underway. Sorting through these items during construction leads to schedule delays, change orders, and additional costs.

To prevent this scenario, we recommend that Owners choose an A/E team leader who takes a hands-on role in equipment coordination and has previous experience with hybrid OR projects. The owner benefits from an architect who can translate clinical and functional needs into an appropriate technical solution. Architects with a working knowledge of the interface between vendors, equipment, and design disciplines are able to ask the right questions and include the right decision makers. While equipment, wiring, and data may not fall within an architects’ scope per se, as the prime consultant on the project they serve as “air traffic controllers” to direct the aspects of the project that fall between silos. This coordination ultimately affects the success or failure of the job.

To illustrate, we are aware of a recent hybrid OR project where the design team did not provide proper ventilation to the tall storage cabinet housing the computer integration system. The equipment generated an excessive amount of heat which shorted out the IT system and rendered the OR unusable, costing thousands in lost revenue. An architect with the ability to anticipate the potential repercussions of design choices would have the team investigate ventilation and a designated supply diffuser to cool the equipment, avoiding downtime and additional cost.

Tomorrow’s topic:   Establishing a dual-track user group meeting schedule.

Download our hybrid operating room design guide:  Faster Hybrid OR Speed to Market and Fewer Construction Headaches with Seven Proven Techniques

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Brian Adams
For Brian Adams, solving clients’ problems starts with the ability to listen and to ask the right questions to deliver appropriate solutions. Brian is deeply experienced in practical implementation, recognizing that while each client is unique, all face an evolving healthcare industry that requires providers to do more with less. As a proven leader of numerous complex surgery projects, Brian is constantly seeking innovations that enable clients to lower costs while improving service.




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