Present Day Challenges of Integration and Control for the Operating Theatres of the Future

Next generation of surgical robots is ready to enter the market or already had. Their design has been guided by the needs of patients, surgeons and surgical teams. It is now the task of Health Estates Managers and engineers to seamlessly and effortlessly integrate these technologies.
The Operating Theatre has been dramatically changed: Minimally invasive surgery means that more equipment has to be integrated and controlled than before, with complex audio-video solutions required, additional to Medical IT, UPS, gases, specialised carts etc.
Health Estates Managers and Engineers are facing challenges in integrating the new technologies whilst having to build in efficiencies such as flexible use of operating theatres, instead of fixed, dedicated specialisms, all the while having to implement compliance such as HTM 06-01 in the UK and other current regulatory and recommendatory requirements, which continuously and rapidly change.
The sheer number of variables increase the risk associated with any operating theatre project. Compounding on the complexity of the project, the solutions need to be future proof, flexible in order to allow for various BMS platforms and development of new technologies, whilst delivering a user-friendly interface for the clinical staff: engineers cannot and should not be required during surgical procedures for troubleshooting – a nightmare scenario.
Whilst we agree on the above points, we need to consider and ask the question: is the integration of the operating theatre equipment with the building management system necessary, a nice to have or purely hindrance – and should be avoided at all costs?

Learning outcomes:
• De-risking of operating theatre projects
• Considerations of usability of operating theatre control systems – User Experience for Clinical Staff
• Is the integration between operating theatres and building management systems necessary?
• Future – proofing for cost savings