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Germany, Augsburg - Klinikum Augsburg

Future-oriented hospital building was very important at the realisation of the glass ORs for the Klinikum Augsburg by HT Labor + Hospitaltechnik. The order amount was about 3 m euros, 18 operation rooms were newly installed and a total of 4700 m² of material installed by HT in two construction stages over a three-year period.

The Augsburg project – a challenging planning task: Logistical requirements, cost-optimised operating procedures and processes, linked functional interrelations – the drawing up of the concept for a hospital requires extensive technical expertise. Surgical treatment is also developing very rapidly. New minimally invasive techniques and the increased use of imaging processes are radically changing the form of the workplace in an operation room. At a time of rapid technological and scientific change the planning of an OR is additionally focused on the prospects for the future. Maximum flexibility and adjustability and the possibility of retrofitting for the integration of new devices are ensured thanks to the modular systems contained in the products of the HT Group.

Holistic planning was also necessary for the rebuilding of the OR wing of the mother and child centre at the Klinikum Augsburg. The whole OR area was modernized in two construction stages without interrupting normal operations. Both the operations rooms and their pre-operative rooms, as well as the sterile corridor and its adjoining rooms, were completed by the HT Group. The whole process, from the planning stage to the completed rebuilding, lasted from September 2012 to July 2015. The first construction stage was completed in September 2013, the second stage was completed between October 2013 and July 2015. Here it was particularly important to ensure that the normal operations of the hospital were not hindered. Dust and dirt in particular or noise disturbances of the patients had to be avoided. The modular construction of the HT room systems proved extremely suitable for this purpose, as on the construction site itself it is only necessary for the substructure for the modular system parts to be set up and the pre-fabricated parts mounted .

Glass design – aesthetic and smart

New hygiene standards have been introduced to the hospital sector in recent years. Thus, in Augsburg the material glass was used as an alternative in the operating rooms. Beside the aesthetic aspect, glass was mainly chosen for hygienic reasons, because it significantly reduces the risk of contamination with so-called hospital germs. Due to its almost pore-free surface, germs have few points on which to adhere and glass withstands common disinfectant and cleaning agents without any problems. Glass also provides a pleasant alternative for the working environment: It can be printed with any kind of colour or a wide choice of high-resolution pictorial motifs.

Integrated into the panels are both fire and radiation protection as well as an infrared 3.2 KW wall heating system with – in the children's ORs even 8 KW ceiling heating in order to be able to guarantee a temperature von 32° C during OR use. All installation modules have a flush design, media connections remain concealed behind media flaps and monitors hygienically installed behind the glass panels.

The latest technology – Hybrid ORs

All ORs are fitted with radiation protection; the two hybrid ORs in particular require this protection in order to shield against intraoperative CT scans and diagnostic radiology equipment. For this reason, lead with a thickness of 0.7–2 mm was built into the panels, doors and windows. One of the two hybrid ORs is fitted with a CT device which can be moved on rails as required over the operating table. The other has a floor-mounted, single-arm angiograhy unit for which the robot-controlled arm can be set at any angle. The hybrid operation rooms need to be designed on a larger scale due to the large format of the equipment, in general they are around 70 m² in size, standard ORs being only about 40 m².

HT Control – Room control re-defined

However, the high demands on technology does not end with hybrid devices but continue with the specialised building management system HT Control. HT Control enables medical staff to take on the control, regulation and monitoring of an operation room together with its installed medical equipment in an unprecedented way through the use of an intelligent touchscreen surface. The user interface for the Klinikum Augsburg, which was individually adapted to the customer's requirements, permits the control of doors via light solutions and also the creation of a specific work-list in each of the PRs. As a result, procedures are made easier and patient data, such as the imaging processes in the hybrid ORs, can be directly assigned to the patient file. Through its flush fitting and simple but intuitive operation via a touchscreen, this solution is a further step into the future, to the OR of tomorrow.

130 doors in the whole of the area

A further feature of the project are the 130 doors which were installed by HT in the whole of the OR area. A number of different variations were fitted to meet a great diversity of requirements. The access doors to the operating rooms are full-height sliding doors with fire resistance class T30 and a number of hinged doors were also fitted with this fire protection. The HT doors were able to be manufactured at the factory in Heideck in a wide variety of sizes and designs. As a result, they are able to be perfectly integrated into the spatial conditions and subsequently optimise the workflow.

  • Completion: 2014
  • Competences: Operating room
  • Solution: 16 ORs  · 2 Hybrid ORs  · HT Control  · preparation area & recovery area · doors & corridors
  • Design: LC glass
  • Area of ​​Expertise: Gynaecology  · Paediatric care  · Hybrid
  • Material: Glass
  • Protection: Fire protection
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