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The operating suite is the structure accommodating all the operating theatres, a recovery room, a location for equipment storage, management offices and training rooms.
As a veritable hub for the day-to-day management of patients undergoing a scheduled or emergency surgical intervention, the operating suite is a location that supports a very wide range of activities.
It occupies a central location in a hospital due to its continual interactions with the various department.
It combines within its perimeter multidisciplinary teams such as surgeons, doctors, nurse anaesthetists, operating theatre nurses (theatre nurses, operating theatre technicians, and ward aids), recovery room nurses, perfusionists, medical radiology technicians, trainers, suite managers, cleaning specialists, logisticians and administrative staff.
This enclosed space meets the requirements of very strict operational and hygiene rules and protocols so as to ensure a minimum level of contamination. After each operation, the operating theatres are completely cleared in order to facilitate their cleaning and decontamination before receiving the next patient.
In this environment that is often perceived as hostile, a caring and empathic ambience prevails for the patient, whose well-being and safety are the priorities for everyone intervening.
The day-to-day activity within the operating suite is co-ordinated by the suite manager, the head nurses of the treatment unit, and duty anaesthesia physician, under the supervision of the head of the suite. The role of the operating suites management team is to ensure the smooth running of the daily schedule, to prioritise operations, and to respond to emergencies.
Elective schedules (operations scheduled for a specific appointment) are confirmed 48 hours in advance.
Emergencies have a significant impact on the schedule and pattern of the day’s work in an operating suite. The daily schedule is therefore adapted by the duty physician (anaesthesia).
For the Valais Romand Hospital Centre, there are no fewer than 150 staff working in the operating suites, divided over 3 sites (Sion, Sierre, and Martigny).
Every day, approximately 50 professionals accompany patients to the operating suite at the Sion hospital. In the Sierre and Martigny hospitals they are supervised and monitored by approximately twenty staff.
The following specialist fields intervene in the CHVR operating suites: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, general and visceral surgery, neurosurgery, ORL (oto-rhino-laryngology), thoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery and traumatology, gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatric surgery, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, angiology (treatment of chronic pain), anaesthesiology and resuscitation.