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New operating suites will accommodate advanced technology, multiple uses

With the opening of the new Stanford Hospital and the Packard Children's surgical and imaging centers, Stanford Medicine will be redesigning surgical space.

With the opening of the new Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford surgical and imaging centers, Stanford Medicine will be reimagining its surgical space. According to a recent Inside Stanford Medicine article, the redesign of the new operating suites will include collaborative and integrated space to maximize use of advanced technology and optimize patient outcomes.

The 20 new operating suites in the new Stanford Hospital will be double the size of those in the existing hospital and will include ‘hybrid rooms’ that merge imaging, radiology, and surgery platforms into adjacent surgical suites, the article explains:

In the new hospitals, operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, angiography suites, endoscopy procedure rooms and imaging suites are grouped together in one space. Physicians from multiple specialties — surgery, interventional imaging, angiography, anesthesia and cardiac catheterization — will work together, side by side, in these new facilities.

Similarly, the new Packard Children’s surgical centers will double the hospital’s capacity for pediatric surgical procedures, adding six surgical suites and four interventional radiology labs that will give the children’s hospital “the most advanced surgical, interventional and hybrid technologies available anywhere,” according to the article.

“The new suites bring an unprecedented collection of advanced technologies and procedural bandwidth for Packard Children’s, and it’s all contained within a relatively small footprint, which will optimize the efficiency of our care services in a whole new way,” said pediatric general surgeon Dennis Lund, MD, interim CEO and chief medical officer for Stanford Children’s Health.

The increase in efficiency of the new operating suites could lead to an improvement in patient outcomes, explains Lund:

Ultimately, the capabilities of these surgical and interventional radiology suites will translate to patients receiving less radiation exposure, and spending less time under anesthesia and less time in the hospital overall.

The surgical and imaging suites in the main building of Packard Children’s will be opening at the end of June. The new Stanford Hospital, with the entire second floor devoted to surgery, will wrap up construction in late 2019.

Photo by Steve Fisch

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