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The Future Has Arrived

OR-ribbon-cuttingHUP’s three new Silverstein ORs – which officially opened earlier this month – are truly the future of medicine.  In each of the 900-square-foot rooms, equipment is up on a boom which can be easily moved when and where it’s needed … or out of the way when it's not.  Multiple, large, HD surgical monitors allow all members of the peri-op team to observe the surgical procedure.

Using advanced software technology called “Live data,” all crucial patient information, such as vital signs, can be  displayed on monitors for the surgical team to easily and quickly see.  In addition, digital video technology -– as well as cameras in multiple locations -- allows easy recording and broadcasting of procedures, for example to the Flyers/76ers Surgery Theater or by satellite to people around the world.

Three clean-supply rooms provide the ORs with their own area to store sterile supplies and equipment.  Also, each OR has point-of-care blood testing, resulting in quicker response times to hemodynamic changes in patients. Previously, a resident would wait for a phone call to hear results of a blood gas test at least five or six times during a typical operation.

At the ribbon cutting, James Mullen, MD, director of PeriOperative Services, thanked the many people who were part of “the smoothest run construction project I’ve ever been involved in. It was truly a team effort.”

Michael Acker, MD, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, noted that, in the last decade, the annual number of cardiovascular surgical procedures performed at HUP has doubled, from approximately 800 to 900 cases to nearly 1,700. “That’s amazing growth in 10 years, in this marketplace,” he said.  “I want to thank everyone, the whole cardiac team – our nurses, nurse practitioners, perfusionists, doctors and everyone in administration – that have really allowed us to grow.”

The new ORs, he continued, will provide yet “another inflection point of growth.”

The Silverstein ORs weren’t the only part of HUP surgery to receive a major upgrade.  Instrument Processing got a ‘facelift’ as well, earlier this year. It took six weeks, which is short in terms of what was done, but long for staff who had to work in cramped, makeshift locations.  But, pulling together as a team, they did it and the new Instrument Processing has made a significant impact on the flow of cases. Click here to read more. 


Above: Cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Silverstein ORs were (l. to r.) CEO Ralph Muller; Stuart Weiss, MD; Katharine Geiger, South Zone nurse manager; HUP executive director Garry Scheib;  and Michael Acker, MD, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery.

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