Friday, November 7, 2014

How to plan and design for Hybrid ORs

Facility managers know that planning and designing hybrid operating rooms (ORs) with flexibility in mind is essential. With Titus being a leader in air management, we are able to provide not only the products necessary to create flexible hybrid ORs but the expertise, too. Our own Matt McLaurin, product manager, who specializes in healthcare, laboratory and cleanroom solutions, recently wrote an article on this important topic for Today’s Facility Manager. Read below for a snapshot of what Matt had to say.

Hybrid ORs: Plan and design a flexible future
Typically incorporating MRIs, CT scanners, or other cardiac catheterization lab (Cath Labs) tools, surgical suites that house these intraoperative imaging machines are commonly known as Hybrid Operating Rooms (ORs). Given that the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities requires these imaging equipment tools to be permanently integrated into Hybrid ORs, it’s critical to design facilities with them in mind. To meet standards and codes, it is essential to anticipate and address challenges associated with Hybrid ORs by planning them for flexible futures.

Planning for design standards, challenges and flexibility
Facility managers know when designing a Hybrid OR that space planning is critical. A minimum of 650 sq. ft. of clear floor space is required for new construction ORs, and 600 sq. ft. for renovated ones, but depending on the modality of imaging equipment in place they can be up to 2,600 sq. ft. Along with a recommendation to install ORs in spaces with at least 750 sq. ft. and 10 foot ceilings, specifications that help accommodate for future upgrades, control and equipment rooms must be considered, as they are necessary for housing data and electrical equipment for imaging devices. Designing for multiple rooms to utilize a single device is another technique to reduce imaging equipment costs and space requirements. For this approach common control and equipment rooms must be accessible from each OR.
To read more of Matt’s article in Today’s Facility Manager, please click here.