What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates?
In a fast paced, quickly changing OR it is critical that all the components (including booms) be designed and constructed with as much “open architecture” as possible. That open architecture allows for the accommodation of changing elements surrounding and integrated with the booms. As electronics change the booms need to accommodate those changes. As clinical practices change the booms need to accommodate those changes. Change is the only constant in an OR; and technology is changing wickedly fast. Typically, a boom company that manufactures its own product (with open architecture) can respond to those changes more quickly and surely than a boom company that merely distributes another company’s product.
Additionally, I would caution any surgical professional to be aware of (1) room size, (2) ceiling height, (3) sterile field, (4) door placement and (5) traffic patterns before designing booms into a room that will work well today and tomorrow. A 3D design tool incorporated into User Group Meetings will enhance that planning and design process significantly.