Cutting-edge technology is only as useful as a facility's ability to leverage it to improve efficiency.
Because of the cost and complexity associated with capital equipment purchases for the operating room, hospitals must carefully evaluate what their
investments will bring in terms of improved productivity
and efficiency. While it is nice to have state-of-the-art
equipment complete with cutting-edge features and capabilities, it does more harm than good to make the investment if the equipment cannot be leveraged properly.
Careful evaluation means making a concerted effort
to identify future applications of the room and select
equipment (such as satellite mounts, customizable
booms, tables with multiple accessory options and
modular wall systems) that offers the ability to adapt
to changing circumstances, address clinical needs, and
acquiesce to patient focus.
Furthermore, the increased prevalence of hybrid and
integrated operating rooms have led equipment vendors
like Eizo to develop a product line that features large
format displays and monitor management equipment.
“These are really used to enhance procedures being done in hybrid
and integrated ORs,” says Larry Perlman, Large Display System (LDS)
Manager, Eizo, Inc. “Now
in order for the hospitals to
keep pace with these types of
advancements, the surgical suite
and the equipment really needs
to be versatile and be used on
multiple and flexible platforms.”
According to Perlman, being in
tune with the needs of the surgical
staff is critical toward making the
right capital equipment invest-
“From a surgeon’s perspective, in terms of improving their
efficiency with this complex
array of traditional surgical
approaches and minimally-in-vasive approaches all going on
in the same room, the surgeon's
focus is so important,” he says.
“So being able to gather all of this
important information quickly in
an ergonomic environment is also
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by Mike Schmidt
Creating an environment where a surgeon and his or her staff can be
efficient and effective obviously helps contribute to successful patient
outcomes and staff satisfaction. Therefore, those involved with making
capital equipment purchases should be willing and able to lean on ven-
dors to offer their knowledge and
experience with the equipment
to help ease the implementation
One critical consideration is
whether the capital equipment
can be customized to allow for
broader use. Naturally, this leads
to a better return on investment.
Being able to identify equipment
that is usable in a variety of
different procedures and surgical
scenarios (such as orthopedic,
neurological, vascular, and min-
imally-invasive) pays significant
dividends for facilities.
According to Perlman, one of
the biggest challenges for a vendor like Eizo has been developing
capital equipment capable of
dealing with the significant uptick
in information coming into the
OR, especially in the hybrid or
Critical Questions Related To Capital
Equipment Purchases (via MAQUET)
• Is the allocated space sufficient for the application?
(For example, Hybrid ORs ideally require 1,000 sq.ft
for optimal utilization)
• Does the vendor use an interactive CAD compatible 3D
• Can the vendor provide life cycle costs?
• How much experience does the vendor have in designing ORs?
• Can the vendor provide the maximum amount of single
source equipment to reduce the costs and complications for the customer?
• The surgical environment is dynamic and ever changing – what future upgradeability does your equipment
• How customizable is your equipment to our clinical
requirements and staff preferences?
• How can you work with my staff to improve safety and
efficient workflow in the surgical environment?