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Purchasing Equipment Booms

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 7:40am
Response by Chad Bittner, product manager, STERIS Corporation

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What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms, to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? 

May 25, 2010

Communicate with all stakeholders during the project planning stage. Speak with surgeons, clinicians, facility managers and the IT department to understand all of the anticipated clinical needs and the hospital’s infrastructure capabilities. By collaborating and accounting for all of the medical gas, electric and data communication needs up front, a hospital will ensure that the proper services are in place to take full advantage of their equipment booms.

To ensure that an equipment boom purchase will meet all future clinical needs: 

1. Communicate with all stakeholders during the project planning stage. Speak with surgeons, clinicians, facility managers and the IT department to understand all of the anticipated clinical needs and the hospital’s infrastructure capabilities. By collaborating and accounting for all of the medical gas, electric and data communication needs up front, a hospital will ensure that the proper services are in place to take full advantage of their equipment booms.

2. Good room design is a key element in assuring the most effective use of a boom. Good design maximizes room flow and efficiency, and helps ensure future satisfaction with the room’s capabilities. Because booms are typically mounted to a fixed ceiling location, bad room design or placement can severely limit room flow. To assure good room design:

a. Test the vendor’s design acumen during planning. Look for a vendor that is able to understand the facility’s clinical needs and has significant knowledge about the types of medical procedures that will be conducted in each room.

b. It’s also wise to visit reference sites. Buyers can see room designs in actual clinical use and get hands-on experience with equipment booms and lights.

c. Because room design is complex, seriously consider using a single-source vendor that offers all of the key OR infrastructure technologies (surgical lights, booms and integration). Difficulties can arise when multiple vendors attempt to coordinate room packages where surgical lights, integration and booms are supplied by multiple vendors.

3. Since surgeons and healthcare providers are continually seeking to improve patient outcomes, it’s wise to accept the fact that endoscopic and surgical technologies will continue to advance. To assure that a facility is future-ready, healthcare providers should investigate options thoroughly and seek out equipment booms with a flexible open infrastructure that can allow for change and advancement. This will allow them to update their data communication capabilities whenever advancements in surgical procedures require new or different technologies. In addition, buyers need to be sure they select a boom whose compatibility is not limited to only one endoscopy vendor. Make sure that your facility is in a flexible position to easily swap current equipment for any vendor’s newest endoscopy and surgical advancements.

 

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