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Special Edition: Surgical Construction - February 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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visited the space fre- quently to see how the facility was shaping up in real life. This allowed us to address opportunities for improvement that we couldn't have noticed by looking at the plans. For example, the first time we entered the women's locker room we realized it was way too small. We also started thinking about the fact that we had zero extra space for an office or an area to hold staff meetings. Fortunately, we were able to lease another contiguous space (approximately 1,000 square feet) to accommodate an office, a conference room and a much larger women's locker room. We were able to move into our new surgery center in early November 2018. We started off slowly, doing only basic procedures (tubes, tympanic membrane repairs, and tonsils and adenoids) for the first two to three months. This allowed staff, surgeons and anesthesia providers to familiarize themselves with the equipment and the work- flow. This staged development worked well for us. After we were operational for a few weeks, we identified a couple concerns that needed to be addressed. One was in the central sterile area. Two large sterilizers created a lot more heat than the HVAC unit could manage. As a result, a separate AC unit was added in that room. There was also a heat issue in the room with the vacuum equipment and similar adjustments had to be made to resolve that F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 3 • CALMING EFFECT An interior designer used colors and wood to make the facility feel less sterile and foreboding to nervous patients. Virginia ENT Surgery Center

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