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Patient Safety In The OR
August 15
12:47 2016

Patient’s safety should be the number one priority for any medical facility. For operating rooms at out-of-hospital premises, there exists a set of standards that ensures proper safety criteria are met.

According to the Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program (OHPIP), standards applicable to those surgical facilities vary depending on the type of surgeries performed and the type of anesthesia used. There are three levels of standards, which are measured by the higher ranking of those two determinants.

Patient Safety In The OR

Patient Safety In The OR

Level one of out-of-hospital premises (OHP) deal mainly with minimally invasive procedures, which usually require local anesthetics; whereas level two surgical facilities can perform surgeries of “limited invasiveness” under regional anesthesia or sedation, for example.

As many plastic surgeons perform significantly invasive surgeries, which usually require general anesthesia, their facilities must meet level three requirements, which is the strictest criterion of OHPIP. Among other factors, differences in requirements deals mainly with anesthetic and ancillary equipment used at a facility. There are also specific monitoring and resuscitation requirements for this type of premises.

Patient Safety In The OR

Patient Safety In The OR

Regardless of the surgical procedures performed at a facility and the anesthetics used, there are standards common to all three surgical premises. All doctors must manage medical and surgical conditions according to their training, certification and experience. Any operating room must be of a proper size to accommodate the required number of staff members and necessary equipment. Also, it must be equipped with a proper ventilation system to ensure comfort of both the patient and the staff as well as meet safety requirements for specific procedures. The operation room has to have proper lighting as well as “floors, walls and ceilings that can be cleaned to meet infection control requirements”. All equipment necessary for a surgery and emergency situations must be properly maintained and inspected.

These requirements and standards can ensure the best quality of care for each patient, giving them peace of mind and a positive outcome.

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