Tips for the planning process for a new surgical suite are given in this brief newsletter article by an experienced health care architect. There are some interesting facts that are otherwise difficult to find in the literature:
- What is the difference between an operating room and a procedure room?
- What is a hybrid operating room?
- How are some of the metrics used defined – room time, room turnaround time, throughput?
- What is a target room turnaround time? (“…usually 15 to 20 minutes”)
- How many hours are procedure rooms open? (“Most procedure rooms are available eight hours per day for a total of 480 minutes per day”)
Scheduling efficiency: A scheduling efficiency factor is multiplied by the annual minutes available per procedure room to account for periods of time that a case cannot be scheduled. This factor may range from 70 percent for ORs or procedure rooms used for complex (and sometimes unscheduled) procedures — such as cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, and trauma/orthopedics — to 90 percent for an outpatient suite where all procedures are scheduled.” (page 3)
Source: Hayward, C. (2017, Winter). How many operating rooms? It’s complicated. Click here for newsletter: https://www.spacemed.com/newsletter/news101.html Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 email@example.com
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