KPJ IPOH Specialist Hospital officially launched its new Operation Theatre and Intensive Care Unit Complex late last month.
The operation theatre complex is made up of six theatres, four of which are conventional operation theatre and the remaining two are state-of-the-art modular operation theatres.
Modular operation theatres use a finished steel structure with jointless sterile coating that prevents contamination buildup and is robust in nature.
These operation theatres are also equipped with stainless steel automatic doors that make the transfer of patients in and out of the operation theatres quicker and safer.
The doors maintain the pressure inside the operation theatre as well as protects against fire, dust and radiation. These and other characteristics of the modular operation theatre enables the hospital to set itself apart from the rest of the KPJ hospitals.
Meanwhile, the newly completed intensive care unit consists of 14 beds, each in its own room.
Ten of these are regular ICU beds and two will be isolation facilities equipped with negative pressure and filtered ventilation system to the latest ministry requirement.
The last two are earmarked for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds that will be the nucleus for a new Neonatal Unit.
The reasons behind opting for individual rooms instead of an open ward configuration are to increase patient’s level of comfort and privacy as well as to limit the chances of infection occurring between patient to patient or between patient to visitor.
Male and female toilets with shower facility have also been installed in the ICU for mobile patient to use with or without assistance and for the convenience of visiting relatives.
All the beds are connected to a central monitoring system that allows patient’s haemodynamic status to be viewed from the nurses station as well as at each bedside monitor.
Unlike before, the new ICU is located near and has direct access to the operation theatre complex should the need for ICU patient to undergo emergency surgery arises.
There is a dedicated consultation room to accommodate a large number of family members to be included in discussions with attending consultants concerning patients admitted here. The launch for the complex took place right after the annual assembly of hospital staff.
KPJ Healthcare Bhd president and managing director Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar was present to launch the complex.
Also present were hospital deputy chairman Ahmad Nasirruddin Harun, hospital executive director Mohd Nasir Mohamed, hospital chief executive officer Asmadi Mohd Bakir and the top management staff.