Integration in Operation Theater: Need of the Hour
International Journal of Research Foundation of Hospital and Health Care Administration
Integration in operation theater (OT) usually refers to systems integration, which means functionally connecting the OT environment. It includes integration of patient information system, audio, video, surgical lights and room lights, building automation (HVAC), medical equipment, telemedicine, video conferencing, etc. When integrated, all technology can be manipulated from a central command console by single operator. Integration in OT holds the key for effective application of minimally
... ve surgery, robotic surgery and functioning of hybrid OT. Apart from the conventional planning team for an OT, bringing on board an IT professional is a must for planning IT requirements. Integration in OT requires 15% more space than the conventional OT in order to accommodate the IT gadgets, i.e. walkin technology room that would house teleconferencing and A/V equipment, bladeserver computers, fiberoptic network electronics, teleconferencing and video conferencing equipment, audiovisual racks, etc. the level of integration can vary within an OT depending upon the user requirement. Space requirement for a general IOT is about 60 m 2 , a cardiovascular IOT or one that includes robotics may come up to 80 m 2 or more, and IOT with inroom imaging equipment requires at least 100 m 2 . Integration in OT not only increases the efficiency and patient safety in delivery of healthcare but can significantly increase efficiency and effectiveness both in teaching and research.