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Operating Room Prototype Unveiling

Operating Room Prototype Unveiling

January 25-26, 2018 Charleston, South Carolina

Our multidisciplinary team of researchers at Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina is now in year 3 of the AHRQ funded RIPCHD.OR (Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-Centered Design in the OR) project. This 4-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality supports the development of a learning lab focused on designing a safer, more ergonomic operating room. As part of the project, we have constructed a high fidelity OR mock-up at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston. The high fidelity mock-up will be used to develop, test, refine, and implement innovative design ideas and strategies that improve OR safety and outcomes. We are also in the early stages of developing a Safe OR design tool that we envision will help both architects and clinician teams involved in designing new ORs.

To celebrate the completion of the high fidelity OR mock-up, a full day workshop was prepared to share year 2 project findings with attendees, brainstorm concepts for structure and development of an OR safe design tool, discuss development of high fidelity surgical scenarios, and an unveiling reception for the new high fidelity prototype was held.