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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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6 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 Why are current ORs becoming antiquated? There hasn't yet been an in-depth analysis of how ORs can be redesigned to support current workflows and minimize safety hazards. Building bigger rooms isn't the solution — anesthesia providers and circulators can still feel confined in their workstations while many parts of the room go unused. Room layouts need to match how surgical team members actu- ally behave in spaces. What will the OR of the future look like? That's the million-dollar question. Procedures will become more minimally invasive and the technology needed to perform them will become more compact. ORs will likely be able to flex and change to accommo- date new surgeries and surgical platforms. We anticipate building rooms with modular walls that can be modified as types of surgery and equipment continue to evolve. What factors will influence future surgical designs? It's not all about adding new devices or gadgets. Building ORs that will be relevant demands a ground-level approach to truly understand the work that's done in spaces, and how surgical team members interact with each other and with emerging technologies. We need to create a stan- eimagining and Reinventing Surgical Workspaces R Anjali Joseph, PhD, EDAC Innovative healthcare architect and designer of tomorrow's OR

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