respondents saw fewer dollars being spent on administrative
space, outpatient procedure ORs and accommodating specific
technologies or pieces of equipment, in comparison to last
When asked about which area of their expansion project
received the most funding:
• 72 percent said monitoring equipment.
• 71 percent said lighting.
• Booms, communication tools and infection control
expenditures were all cited by nearly half of those
When asked about the most significant surgical benefit that has
been realized as a result of an expansion project, or is projected
to be realized following completion of their facility’s expansion
• 54 percent cited improved visualization technology, such as
monitors, lighting and surgical cameras.
• 39 percent feel that the implementation of new, less invasive surgical capabilities are or will be the greatest benefit.
• 36 percent look forward to improved post-op patient care
• 20 percent saw easier access to patient information as the greatest realized benefit.
In examining the findings of this
short, yet venerable survey, a number
of key points were validated regarding
the rate of OR expansion investments.
First, it is encouraging to see that our
readership of surgeons, OR nurses, OR
supervisors and procurement agents are
heavily involved in these new projects.
This ensures a greater focus on quality
equipment and patient-oriented priorities, as opposed to more emphasis being
placed on financial savings.
The most significant challenges
facing the operating room continue
to be infection control, reducing
procedure times and the elimination
of never events. This makes advancements and continued investment
in lighting, visualization and intraoperative communication tools vitally
important as the surgical community
looks to play a key role in reducing
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