The surgical area, located on the 5th. Floor of the Hospital Punta Pacifica, is divided into demarcated areas where only the medical staff, nurses, technicians and support personnel of the operating room can enter, with their respective surgical gown, waterproof shoe covers, bouffant, and face mask to avoid contamination.
All of the operating room facilities have been designed to offer the patient the latest technology with specialized digital equipment, which provide the maximum quality in function and images, so our team of surgeons, highly qualified and accredited may address the medical-surgical problems of the patients.
Why the surgical patients of Hospital Punta Pacifica have marked a low rate of infections in the Republic of Panama?
This is because the surgical unit of this new hospital has the most modern infrastructure in the region, which offers the surgeon and his patients a lot of detail not seen, but which result in a lower rate of infection and safety for the patient such as:
1. Cleanliness in all surgical fields.
2. One air conditioning unit for the four intelligent operating rooms not only keep the area with a comfortable temperature, but more important it maintains a positive pressure ventilation in the operating room with respect to adjacent areas, that prevents external air the corridors with negative pressure room surgeries to positive pressure, also it holds at least 15 air changes per hour in each operating room.
3. The operating rooms are equipped with HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Air) with an effectiyity of 99.97%, and laminar flow over each surgical table by reducing the amount of pollutants that have marked in our hospital, a difference in the percentage of infections thanks to our security technology. We have also implemented the "surgical pause" where before the surgeon begins the procedure, the nurse in charge of the operating room verify with the approval of the surgeon and anesthesiologist the patient's name, if he has allergies to any medicine, the site to be operated and consent for operation. This pause prevents mistakes in the surgical site and verifies the identity of the patient making the surgical unit more safe and efficient.
The four intelligent operating rooms are equipped with all the digital tools, cameras and high definition flat panel that allow the surgeon to see clear images of the surgical area and offer patients minimally invasive techniques and the surgeons a standard resolution medical monitors with images defined.
This camera system allows a continual education of the surgeons; because the images can be transferred in real live and direct to the Conference Room of the hospital's surgical area and likewise it can be send to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for second surgical opinions when this service is requested.
The most valuable thing this surgical unit has is its human resource: specialized surgeons, anesthesiologists, technicians and teaching supervisors, nurses, surgical instruments technicians, technicians in sterilization, biomedical and computer engineers, assistants, orderlies, secretaries and supply staff , who with their efficient and humane work, provide 24 hours a day service to patients at the Hospital Punta Pacifica.