Archive Surgical Construction 2017

ORs Built for Speed

Combining the latest technologies with a functional design improves clinical efficiencies.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor


new OR designs CLEAN SLATE New OR designs solve common issues associated with equipment clutter.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is poised to open a multimillion dollar expansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side that will feature 12 sleek new ORs designed specifically for outpatient cases. Beryl Muniz, RN, MAAS, the hospital's vice president of perioperative services, can hardly contain her excitement. "Outpatient surgery can be done more efficiently, and with better quality of care, when ORs are dedicated to ambulatory cases," says Ms. Muniz. "I've gotten my wish." Thanks to the new space that's she's been planning for years, her surgical team will achieve excellent outcomes faster than ever.

Out with the old
The new construction project was conceived in order to move outpatient cases out of the hospital's main ORs, where patients arriving for straightforward knee scopes went through the same painstaking pre-op registration process as inpatients readying for complex neuro surgery.

In the new patient-centric surgery center, patients will no longer be forced to find their way through a maze of windowless corridors to find the surgical waiting room. "We wanted to create an environment that shows a great deal of respect for our patients," says Ms. Muniz. "That's something we all feel on a daily basis, but we're not always able to demonstrate it in older facilities."

The surgery center's 12 ORs will each have 3 dedicated prep/PACU rooms where patients and their loved ones gather before and after surgery. The 36 rooms were intended to provide patients with privacy, but they're also designed to maximize efficiencies on the day of surgery; staff members won't have to constantly pull linens on and off of stretchers or try to figure out which bay patients should be wheeled to after surgery, which will save time between cases. Ms. Muniz says the 3 bays that are dedicated to each OR will be numbered (1.1, 1.2, 1.3/2.1, 2.2, 2.3/3.1, 3.2, 3.3, etc.) so staff know exactly where their patients are being prepped for surgery and which rooms they should be returned to in order to recover.

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