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Archive Surgical Construction 2020

Equipped for Efficiency

Invest in technologies that keep your facility operating at full speed.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Editor-in-Chief


ON THE MOVE Preparing to keep pace with high-volume care is essential when planning new outpatient facilities.

Any architect can place ORs steps away from pre-op bays and within shouting distance of central sterile. What they might not realize is those elements of efficient surgical design will look good on blueprints but not in practice without the tools and technologies that help surgeons operate faster, enhance instrument care and improve between-case turnover times.

High-tech help

If you’re looking to bolster the efficiency of your SPD in order to make sure instruments are properly cared for and returned to sterile fields as quickly as possible, an instrument-tracking system is a virtual necessity.

“Surgical administrators want to ensure the supplies and instruments needed in ORs are readily available and in the rooms on time to be used when they’re needed,” says Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA, FACS, executive director of the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons.

“In today’s reprocessing environment, if you don’t have some kind of instrument-tracking system, you’re behind the eight ball,” adds William DeLuca, CRCST, CHL, CIS, associate director of the sterile processing department at Mount Sinai West in New York City, an SPD that recently underwent a major rebuild (check out how it went on page 20). With Mr. DeLuca’s SPD responsible for 2,000 instrument trays, it’s essential for him and his staff to know exactly where the instruments are in the reprocessing cycle. “Any time a tray moves, it’s scanned in the system and easy to locate,” say Mr. DeLuca. Of course, today’s instrument-tracking systems do a lot more than locate surgical instruments. They also allow you to:

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