Renovations and innovations
Surgical Services is undergoing a near total renovation. The renovation and upgrade of Edward's operating rooms and redesign of surgical support areas will enhance Edward's reputation as a leader in general surgery and minimally invasive techniques, such as gynecologic laparoscopic and orthopedic arthroscopic procedures. The work is taking place in phases so patients can continue to be treated.
The 20,000 square foot surgical services area will include:
- 16 renovated/upgraded operating rooms (including six state-of-the-art ORs for minimally invasive surgical procedures and two relocated ORs for more efficient movement of patients)
- Two renovated/upgraded minor procedure rooms
- OR nursing stations with touch screen computer operation to control electronic equipment
- State-of-the-art lighting that produces more light, less heat and requires bulbs that only need to be changed every ten years
Everything in the Edward OR suites was selected for its ability to provide surgery that is as smart, and safe, as possible. Today, the Edward ORs feature the following:
Room to move
Much of the equipment in Edward's operating rooms are erogonomic, mounted on overhead booms and arms.This eliminates cumbersome cords snaking across the floor, makes it easier for the staff to move equipment, and frees up considerable floor space.
The walls of the OR are unique, too. They're made of CorianTM, a premium material traditionally used for high-end kitchen countertops. Because it is non-porous, Corian is easier to clean and maintain, which is important for infection control.
Hermes Voice-actived Equipment
Edward Hospital is the third in Illinois to offer Hermes voice-activated technology. The Hermes equipment has been programmed to recognize the voices of eight surgeons who practice at Edward. The surgeon operates Hermes through a headset. During the procedure, the surgeon can tell Hermes to turn equipment on and off, change light settings, focus the laparoscopic camera, and more. This gives the surgeon greater control over the equipment during a procedure, and leaves the surgeon and team free to focus on the patient.
The overhead lights in Edward’s ORs do more than illuminate the procedure. They also contain automatic zoom-lens cameras that feed a helpful overhead view to the OR's video monitors.
- Each OR is also outfitted with its own charting computer.
- This work station allows nurses to flip through lab reports before a procedure and record notes during a procedure.
- This keeps the information accurate and up-to-the-minute.
- Edward’s ORs also include the latest anesthesiology technology, including bispectral analysis (BIS).
- BIS is a device that monitors the patient’s brain activity during surgery.
- This information allows the anesthesiologist to administer a precise amount of anesthesia to ensure the patient maintains an appropriate and safe amount of anesthesia throughout the entire procedure. Anesthesiologists on our medical staff are generally independent contractors and are not agents of the hospital.