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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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But what's the best way to figure out how a boom will actually fit in your own OR? Ms. Spivey says that, given the availability of a support structure, it's possible to install booms for trials. To many facilities, though, surgical or construction schedules make this impractical. And while manufacturers can provide drawn plans and even 3D renderings, "walking through an OR is a great way for surgeons to truly get a feel for the space," says Ms. Spivey. "We figured out the footprint and put cardboard shapes on the floor," says Mr. Ano. "This is the base — we taped it down — these are the arms, this is the floor space and air space they'll take up. The big thing with any boom system is, you've got to check your clear- ances," he says. "You don't want your thousand-dollar monitor to crash into the wall every day, and you have to make sure the boom doesn't rotate into movable equipment." In the end, installing a boom system comes down to knowing what you need and collaborating with manufacturers, equipment planners and/or builders to get it. "It's their space," says Ms. Spivey. "We tell them, 'You're the one that's going to live here for 8 to 10 hours a day. Let's talk about how we can make it work.'" OSM 8 3 A P R I L 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T E-mail dbernard@outpatientsurgery.net.

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