Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hasbro Children’s Hospital recently unveiled the results of an $800,000 renovation project that revamped all of its pediatric operating suites. The five operating rooms and a video endoscopy room were outfitted with significant upgrades that allow for completely hard-wired interface and digital projection using an innovative “boom” technology. The renovation project, made possible by the Children‘s Miracle Network, allows Hasbro Children’s Hospital to offer advanced endoscopic surgery, enhanced neurosurgical procedures (through use of monitors and microscopes), and better patient and staff flow.
“As our surgical cases have grown exponentially over the years, and minimally invasive surgery has added the need for imaging equipment in the O.R., we realized we needed to find a way to maximize our space and capabilities,” said Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., M.D., pediatric surgeon-in-chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “This solution allows each operating room a smaller footprint, easier access for staff and offers a much better teaching facility – all without needing to tear down a single wall.”
New high-powered lighting, video screens and monitors have all been mounted to their own overhead movable booms and can be easily swung around from one centrally mounted apparatus on the ceiling. The surgical team now has endoscopes, radiology, patient records and real time anesthesiology monitoring at their fingertips during surgery. This removes much equipment, and even the need to flip through charts, from the operating room, as everything has been consolidated into touchpad technology hardwired into a computer network.
Aesthetic updates to the rooms and corridors were part of the renovation as well, including new desk space and flooring. All operating rooms were repainted a special white color that helps reduce glare and eye strain for surgical teams during procedures with LED lighting and endoscopic reflective glow. New modular storage spaces and an updated Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) are also slated as the next phase of the project.
“It’s hard for me to imagine that a family would want to take their infant or child to a facility that didn’t have this level of sophistication, integration and safety – focused on pediatric anesthesia, surgical care and post anesthesia care,” said Tracy. “There’s nothing else like it in Rhode Island.”
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. Funding for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital surgical suite renovation was supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals supporters: Walmart Stores, Inc., Rite Aid Corp., HMS Host Corp., Marriott International, RE/MAX LLC, Ace Hardware Corp., IHOP Restaurants, First Group America, and the Credit Union Association of RI.
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