Hybrid Operating Rooms: Full-Scale Mockups and Equipment Decision-Making

August 13, 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.

Develop a full scale mockup room
During the design development phase of the project, we bring clinical and technical user groups together to vet the design in a full scale mockup room. During the mockup session, we ask all team members to stand in position as they would when performing surgery. We can then confirm that everyone can see and access the pieces of equipment the need for their roles.  As some staff move around while others remain stationary, we typically run through the entire sequence of simulated procedures in order to capture specific needs at different times.

To closely simulate the future space, we recommend using actual equipment where possible. Typically the tables, perfusion equipment, and anesthesia equipment are real, and the lights are real but mounted on stands.  Actual electrical, data, and medical gas panels are mounted on a movable wall.  The control room is built from cardboard, and the tall storage cabinets are drawn on cardboard.

Secure equipment vendor decisions from the clinical team at the start of Design Development
We recommend that equipment vendor decisions be made at the start of the Design Development phase, prior to the start of clinical user group meetings. This allows the design team to prepare a clear architectural response for clinical team input and to schedule joint sessions between the selected equipment vendors and users.

Because equipment dimensions, clearances, and requirements vary depending upon the manufacturer, this approach also assures that accurate measurements are used consistently throughout the design, minimizing change orders and construction delays.

Tomorrow’s topic: Using BIM to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Coordination

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

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Brian AdamsFor 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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