Planning Successful Operating Rooms from an Engineering Perspective

Krista Biason, PE
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By Krista Biason, PE, and Jeff Harris, PE

An operating room at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Kentucky.

I'm too hot, it's too humid. I keep hitting my head on the med gas drops. Why is that outlet box hanging from the ceiling? There are not enough receptacles, they are in the wrong place. There are not enough outlets in the boom. Why are the med gas outlets over there, how come the anesthesia boom is at the patient's feet, where is my integration system, and why isn't there a camera in the surgical lights?

These are questions we hear from staff regarding satisfaction working in an operating room. Addressing these comments is crucial to designing a successful operating room. 

As much as engineers respect their architectural counterparts, the reality is that satisfaction in an operating room design is dependent upon the equipment location, how well it functions, how comfortable the space is, and how well the engineering systems support the equipment. All this needs to be taken into consideration when planning a flexible operating room that adapts to the ever-changing requirements and demands of tomorrow's technology.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering