Redefining the OR
A number of steps must be taken to successfully integrate a hybrid operating room into an existing hospital, but the payoff can be greater efficiencies and reduced costs.
Hospitals across the country are creating a new breed of surgery spaces called hybrid operating rooms. Hybrid ORs combine the surgical capacity of traditional operating rooms with the
imaging capabilities of a catheterization lab, two spaces that have traditionally been distinct. Placing state-ol-the-art imaging and X-ray equipment in an operating room allows for less invasive, safer procedures with faster recovery times for patients. The imaging equipment helps surgeons pinpoint the area of incision and provides instantaneous feedback during procedures. For example, endovascular neurosurgical cases, such as aneurysm operations, can now be performed more safely and efficiently in a hybrid OR. As surgeons conduct these high-risk, complex cases, high-tech diagnostic imaging increases positive outcomes, enabling neurosurgeons to transition seamlessly from a closed to open procedure, without losing critical time to transport a patient to another location for imaging.
If designed with clinical flow in mind, the hybrid operating room suite can be a force for the future of interventional platforms. By combining imaging and surgical capabilities, hospitals are redefining the interventional suite, with great advantages in patient care and cost efficiency. With the emergence of hybrid operating rooms comes both cultural and design implications that go far beyond the operating room itself and extend to the entire surgical suite and the hospital as a whole.
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