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operating theatre

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A room in hospital which contains an operating table or similar device, generally accommodating one patient at a time, during which, under the direct supervision of a medical or dental practitioner, the patient undergoes an operative procedure for the prevention, cure, relief or diagnosis of disease, or in pregnancy, childbirth. An operating theatre must: allow positioning of the patient on the table or device so as to render the operation possible or convenient; have adjustable lighting powerful enough to permit fine or delicate work under aseptic conditions; provide sterile instruments and facilities for staff to change clothing; provide deeper pain relief than the basic sedation administered in the ward or local anaesthetic.

operating theatre

A room, or suite of rooms, designed for the safe performance of surgical operations. Much consideration is given in the design to minimizing the risk of infection. Walls and floors are commonly covered with washable material and are washed daily. Materials liable to build up charges of static electricity are avoided. Ventilation is arranged so as to avoid air contamination and exhaled anaesthetic gases are vented. Intense but shadowless illumination is provided by special lamps. X-ray and scan viewing boxes are often built into the walls. Ancillary rooms include changing rooms, scrub rooms, sterilizing rooms, anaesthetic rooms and recovery rooms.
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The market research report also further evaluates the various factors that have pushed the demand for hybrid operating theatres, with a significant demand from the developed markets of Europe and North America.
11) This director should be a senior staff member with a clear understanding and experience of working in operating theatres, and have a broad view across specialities.
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CARRY ON DOCTOR: The pounds 1million operating theatres will arrive in neighbourhoods on the back of lorries, with nurses and medics already on board; CUTTING EDGE: The fully equipped operating theatres will match the standards in hospitals
Ms Penman said they hoped to be able to use the cars, which are designed for those up to four years old, when the operating theatres for the new Children's Hospital for Wales were opened.
AYH was faced with the task of building the two new operating theatres alongside existing ones, with operations being able to proceed in the former while the new theatres were being built.
In section, the new block consists of three layers: a day-patient clinic and emergency service on the ground floor, three operating theatres and associated facilities on the first, and a service floor above.

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