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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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Only then did we realize that the facili- ty's design would have forced the techs to put instruments down, open the OR doors, pick the instru- ments back up, go through and close the doors behind them. A detail like that may sound minor, but wasted seconds add up, especially in a vol- ume-driven specialty like cataract surgery. Fortunately, we still had enough time to install electronic opening devices with kick plates at foot level. The lesson: Every decision is important. You can't do too many walk-throughs and process reviews when assessing the following design essentials. • Room size and layout. You don't need a lot of space for an all-pur- pose ophthalmic operating room. Most guidelines suggest at least 325 square feet (15 x 15). You do, however, need to be strategic in terms of where the medical gases are piped in and where the overhead lights are situated. As long as you have those 3 components — ade- quate space, gas and good lighting — you can make any OR work. 2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 8 • START-UP COSTS Expect to spend between $350,000 and $450,000 to fill a cataract OR with needed supplies and equipment. Todd Albertz

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