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Surgical Center

About our surgical center

The 57,000 square foot Surgery Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans supports growth of specialized pediatric perioperative services in a state-of-the-art environment that combines the latest technology with an unmatched experience for patients and families.

The Surgery Center includes a spacious lobby and waiting area for families on the second floor of the new Medical Tower, leading to a 42-bed Same Day Surgery Unit with all-private patient rooms. Two private consultation rooms bridge the unit and operating rooms to allow for quick consultations between physicians and parents. A spacious 24-bay Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is located directly next to the Same Day Surgery Unit with easy access for families immediately before and after the child’s surgery.

The center features 12 expansive Operating Rooms (ORs), including an OR dedicated to the Da Vinci robot, two cardiac catheterization labs, and two special procedure suites for endoscopy and bronchoscopy. The ORs surround a large sterile core with direct access to sterile processing and central sterile supply.

The ORs are equipped with the latest technology and data integration capabilities, including the customizable GE Carescape ONE Monitors, outfitted with innovative anesthesia and post anesthesia software, and measurement capabilities. The monitors help optimize patient care and throughput while supporting clinical decisions, enhanced outcomes, and continuous monitoring at every step of the perioperative journey.

Advanced data integration technology allows surgeons and other members of the care team to manage information, visualization, and communication to and from the OR, and across the hospital. The ORs also feature 4K surgical video installations, which help surgeons see anatomical features in unprecedented detail. The ORs also feature Skytron Stellar XL LED surgical lights and Ergon series booms, creating highly maneuverable platforms with bright, clear illumination in a system that that is safe and reliable, with the versatility to handle the most complex pediatric procedures.

The Surgery Center includes a new, 6,000 square foot sterile processing department located directly adjacent to the operating rooms. A designated ‘dirty’ elevator brings soiled instrument carts directly to decontamination from surgery. A linear three-zone design includes decontamination, clean assembly, and sterile storage. State-of-the-art equipment provides high level thermal disinfection and greatly increases efficiency. Clean case carts then travel to the sterile core by a designated ‘clean’ elevator for staging.