Operating room design at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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The cardiothoracic operating room (OR) suite in The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is part of a complete cardiac unit. A catheterization laboratory and coronary intensive care unit (ICU) are below the OR level, and the postoperative ICU is directly above the OR level. Cardiology and postoperative wards are on other levels of the same building. The design of the OR is related in part to the function of the entire facility. The authors used fixed locations in the OR for surgical and anesthesia equipment. Thus, standard equipment is built-in and floor space is put to better use. Also, specially designed fixtures for infusion equipment are employed to facilitate both intraoperative management and patient transport between the OR and the ICU.



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