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Minimum space required for inpatient ORs is 400 square feet

This article is based on the new 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.  There is a lot of great information included in this article, such as:

  • DEFINITIONS of invasive procedure, procedure room, operating room, hybrid operating room, restricted area, semi-restricted area, patient care station, bay, and cubicle.
  • MINIMUM EQUIPMENT needed for a surgical procedure (such as “an anesthesia machine,” or “two trash containers”)
  • REQUIRED PERSONNEL needed for a surgical procedure
  • RATIO of PACUs needed, which is 1.5 post anesthesia care unit (PACU Phase I) stations per operating room
  • MINIMUM space requirements for outpatient OR (250 sf)
  • MINIMUM space requirements for inpatient OR (400 sf)
  • MINIMUM clear floor area for procedure room (150 sf)
  • Formula for calculated needed number of hand-washing stations in preop and recovery = one for every four patient care stations

Source: Burlingame, B.  Operating room requirements for 2014 and beyond.  Inside ASHE:22-23, 25, 27, 29, Summer 2014.  Click here for access to publisher’s website: http://www.ashe.org/resources/inside_ASHE/   More on the FGI Guidelines can be found here:  http://www.fgiguidelines.org/ Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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