New facility on the 7th floor of the North Hospital houses four spacious, state-of-the-art operating rooms and two endoscopy suites.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recently added four additional operating rooms and a new suite that includes two procedure rooms for gastrointestinal procedures that require anesthesia. The additional operating rooms increase the total number – including those in the Shock Trauma Center – to 31, and provide more space for all types of surgery. The new facility houses four spacious, state-of-the-art operating rooms and two endoscopy suites.
New Technology Incorporated to View Biopsy Slides in the OR
The new operating rooms include in-room viewing of slides. A surgeon can view surgical specimens being reviewed in surgical pathology by a pathologist eight floors away, via digital imaging displayed on a screen within the OR. This allows the surgeon to remain within the OR and not have to “break scrub” to view the results.
The 21 operating rooms in the Weinberg Building and six in the Shock Trauma Center continue to be the main perioperative center of the hospital, but the four new operating rooms on 7 North increase the capacity for new cases, potentially leading to less waiting time for elective procedures and for those inpatients awaiting surgery in order to move toward discharge.
Department of Anesthesiology Key to New Suites
The gastroenterology suite of two rooms is being paired with the new surgical suite for one main reason – the anesthesiology staff will cover both areas. Gastroenterologists will be able to use the new suites for routine endoscopy as well as more intensive cases requiring an anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). The main reason for locating this suite with the new operating rooms is so that the anesthesia staff can effectively cover both.
“The number of advanced endoscopy cases that we are performing at the Medical Center continues to increase,” says Peter E. Darwin, M.D., director of endoscopy at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
“The addition of the new space on the seventh floor will decrease waiting time and allow the staff to perform additional procedures both in the new suites as well as in the main Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Lab on 3 North,” Dr. Darwin says.