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Operating Room Design: Using an Evidence-Based Design Process

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Live course date: 03/12/2024 | 02:00 PM

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As health systems increasingly focus on leveraging the facility design process to improve patient outcomes and improve staff workflow, multidisciplinary design teams comprising architects, constructors, researchers, and operators are relying on current research to inform facility design decisions.  Clemson University has engaged with health systems and architecture firms as part of a multi-year federally funded patient safety learning lab to design a safer and more ergonomic operating room. This work represents the most comprehensive evidence based on OR design and has resulted in an OR prototype that has been implemented in multiple health systems. This webinar shares how Clemson University has collaborated with health systems and design professionals to develop concepts for flexible and safe operating room layouts.  This course will present an overview of the research process and how findings were implemented in real-world settings at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute. Hosted by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH).

Learning Objectives


Review the research that is influencing the design of the next generation of operating rooms and apply concepts to professional practice. 


Understand operating room configurations and their impact on patient safety and staff workflow. 


Understand how academic and professional practice can be integrated to drive research that influences healthcare design and promotes positive patient outcomes and staff wellbeing. 


Understand how the full cycle of the evidence-based design process can be implemented though two case studies.