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Edward White Hospital Enhances Patient Safety in the OR

June 30, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Edward White Hospital has upgraded two additional operating rooms (OR) with laminar flow technology, bringing its total to three as part of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality orthopedic and joint surgery services, according to Roland Metivier, CEO of Edward White.  The hospital now has one of the area’s largest inventories of these specialty ORs.
 
Laminar flow room ventilation is used in operating rooms to reduce the number of infective organisms in the air.  This type of air flow may help to reduce the number of post-operative wound infections and its impact is especially significant in joint surgery.

Additionally, the renovated rooms provide surgeons with better ergonomics and LED lighting, which is brighter and produces less heat than conventional lights.  The rooms have ceiling based equipment, to reduce clutter and provide surgeons with expanded work room.

“These new operating rooms have allowed us to reduce turnover time between surgeries and enabled us to more efficiently clean the rooms,” said Metivier.  “Our surgeons have been extremely supportive of the changes.”

Edward White Hospital is a 162-bed acute care facility serving the St. Petersburg area for more than 35 years. Services include the Orthopedic and Spine Center, Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a Skilled Nursing Unit, a Diagnostic and Imaging center and comprehensive Rehabilitation Institute.  The hospital provides around the clock emergency room (ER) services and is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Average ER wait times are posted on the hospital’s website at www.EdwardWhiteHospital.com or by texting “ER” to 23000. Message and data rates may apply. For more info visit texterhelp.com.

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