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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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M A R C H 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 5 dardized design centered on what will be needed in the next 10 to 20 years to improve how surgery is performed. What will that forward-thinking design include? New designs for ambulatory surgery should be flexible and adaptable to accommodate changes in procedure types as well as technology and equipment that will be used. Increased standardization along with modular and plug-and-play designs will allow for a range of proce- dures and adaptations over time. Forward-thinking designs will include well-organized layouts that allow for efficient workflows. Any good OR design should also focus on reducing clutter and improving cleanability through material, storage and equipment selection. Are new building projects intended to provide patient-cen- tered care? There's certainly more of a focus on improving the overall patient experience from the waiting area to discharge, and the perioperative path is being designed to create a linear and more efficient flow. But new facilities are also being designed to improve how physicians and staff work and feel. We're looking at creating mobile nurse stations, so circulators can position themselves to have the best views of the ster- ile field. We also want to incorporate natural light into the OR. Nurses and surgeons often arrive in the dark during the early morning hours and leave in the evening after a long day of surgery. Working in a win- dowless room all day is unhealthy and we want to change that dynam- ic. OSM Dr. Joseph (anjalij@clemson.edu) is the chair in architecture+health design and the director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University School of Architecture in Clemson, S.C.

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