Froedtert Hospital recently opened new surgical suites and post-operative areas as part of a multi-phase project aimed at integrating surgical, interventional and intensive care areas on a single, centrally-located floor.
The new operating rooms replace those in the hospital’s basement, which were built in the 1970s. In the new rooms, air is circulated and replaced every three minutes, which reduces airborne pathogens and the chance of infection.
The proximity of the operating rooms to the magnetic resonance room also helps increase efficiency. Previously, surgeons would close the opening, run an MR scan and, if the tumor was not fully resected, for example, perform another operation. Now, a scan can be completed in real-time and surgeons can modify if needed.