Today, two new operating theaters with Opragon systems are inaugurated at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, Sweden.
The rooms that are temporary will be used for advanced spinal surgery and other highly specialized orthopedic surgery. The new operating rooms are housed in a special module that is connected to the existing orthopedic building in the hospital area in Malmö.
“These are state-of-the-art operating rooms for advanced spinal surgery and other highly specialized orthopedic surgery. It gives us better space for the equipment and personnel needed for this type of procedure and has an advanced ventilation system.”— Henrik Ahlborg, Section Manager Orthopedics
The proposal to build an operating module was raised after patients in two rounds (2014 and 2017) suffered from serious infections in connection with advanced back surgery. The incidence of infections has since been closely monitored and no new accumulations of cases of infection have been detected.
“With the new operating theaters we do not have to worry about the risk of inadequate ventilation in particularly infection-sensitive surgery. It will then be easier to focus already now on more important tasks such as improved surgical flows.” Anders Rehn, Operations Manager Intensive and Perioperative care
The operating module has its own ventilation system and is therefore separated from the rest of the building by an airlock. Between the two operating rooms there is a preparation room, equipped with Opragon, where the next operation can be prepared while the rooms are in use. This provides an opportunity for a more efficient use of the operating rooms.
In addition to greater patient benefits and improved logistics, the wards mean a better working environment.
“There are major work environment benefits. The rooms are larger, it is calmer with a more subdued sound and better light.” Eva Banheden-Lindblad, Unit Manager Intensive and Perioperative care
The temporary theaters will be used until the new building in the hospital area in Malmö is completed, which is planned for 2025. But already now the operating staff can prepare for what it will be like to work in the new building.
– It looks the same here as in the operating rooms that are now being built in the new care building. This means that we can already start testing how we should work in the newly built premises, says Maj-Britt Larsson, Unit Manager Intensive and Perioperative care.
Read the full press release from Region Skåne here (The article is in Swedish)