From large regional hospitals catering for the latest surgical techniques to small local hospital facilities planning step-by-step development, our customers face the same challenge: making their operating rooms (OR) really ergonomic. Modular and open-architecture solutions are needed.

Modular solutions.

Innovative surgical procedures are being performed in modern ORs where hospitals face cost and design challenges and daunting technology choices. After a hospital determines which technology and approach will be adopted, an extensive planning process follows. Healthcare planners interview all parties involved to find out the size of the OR, where it should be located, which specialties will use it, what kind and number of procedures will be performed, and what equipment will be needed. It’s important to involve biomedical engineering (management and maintenance), IT (connection to hospital IT) and the OR manager during this process. Modular walls and ceilings are recommended hygienic solutions for ORs, hybrid ORs, and emergency departments. This is fuelled by the need to integrate all technical services behind the OR walls and enable easy access to them. Modern ORs use more equipment and shared modalities and require shielding for radiology acquisition devices and special ceilings structures for the large and heavy equipment booms. Planning tools and 3D visualizations are necessary to facilitate this complex design process. Modular technology in walls and ceilings coupled with an integrated video-over-IP technology solution eliminates the clutter of cables, equipment collisions, saves money and fosters better clinical collaboration. Doors, cabinets, viewing windows, monitors and technical supplies are integrated within the OR.

Integrated solutions.

Integration refers to the surgical team (a collaboration of multidisciplinary staff) and medical equipment. Surgeons need to operate efficiently and have the equipment, monitors, and unlimited lighting. When the surgical team has the right information and technology, they can achieve better patient care.

Most sophisticated ORs, especially hybrid ORs need a plug-and-play approach. Surgeries are often complex with many specialists involved with different surgical needs.

“Before the OR planning is started, we like to meet our customers in our training and medical simulation centers. ALVO customer experience centers are all designed and equipped exactly like real ORs, so it looks like the general rehearsal before the performance, where surgical teams can actually come and test distances from the operating table to the anesthesia machine, endoscopes and surgical lights, and monitor reach and placement. We can also show them how easy and quick it is to set-up their OR for surgery in a completely integrated video-over-IP environment.” – says Tadeusz Olszewski, President of the Board.

How do patients benefit from an integrated OR?

The main questions asked when buying new equipment are: can I share my modalities between ORs? Can I add or change devices on-the-fly? And will it be compatible with future technologies, such as UHD or 4K? Integrated ORs are more ergonomic and managing the OR from a touch screen eliminates the ‘spaghetti syndrome’ and scrub nurses’ movements during surgeries (hygienic reasons).

The real value is in the patients’ health outcomes. The ALVO Integra solution with top-quality Nexxis technology allows you to distribute video, audio and computer data over the IP network in an uncompressed format, inside the OR and between ORs. Surgeons display and share medical images without delay. The system can record voice notes and videos, allows for video conferencing and facilitates consultation with experts outside the hospital.