By Christa Yates, Staff Writer

 

The Jewett Orthopedic Center at Orlando Health hosted the Florida Simulation Summit Ultimate Experience Tour, which followed this year’s theme of “Transforming Healthcare through Intelligent Technologies.” The tour gave participants a behind-the-scenes look of the new, state-of-the-art facility, as well as detailed examples of the impact modern technologies are having on the healthcare industry.

 

Orlando Health officials explained that while designing the new center, doctors, nurses, and patients were asked to describe what they would include in their “dream hospital,” from larger patient rooms to policies and procedures when running imaging.

 

“We took notes from the hospitality industry,” an Orlando Health spokesperson said. “Each floor of the center is color-coded and even has a unique scent to match. When you check in, you’ll get a patient passport that tells you where to go and even matches the color of the floor you’re supposed to be on.”

 

Colorful design, accessible seating, and different aromas made each level feel welcoming and relaxing. Patient rooms also reflect comfort and modernity, providing ample space for visitors without affecting a nurse’s ability to treat a patient. The single-use bedding and linens are made from recycled plastic, which cuts costs and lessens the environmental impact of running laundry. Patients can see the status of their lab results, when they’re due for medication, when a nurse is on the way, and more with a built-in call system.

 

The Jewett Orthopedic Center is more than just a hotel for patients – it represents the cutting edge of the medical industry. Surgical suites are top of the line and feature adaptive lighting, air circulation, and new technologies. These suites are also fitted with camera systems that allow surgical residents to view and study ongoing operations before they perform the procedures themselves. Robotic assistants, 3D printers, and cadavers allow surgeons to practice techniques in a controlled setting, even introducing them to potential worst-case scenarios in simulated environments.

 

Tour attendees witnessed one of these simulated scenarios firsthand, as a surgeon operated on a liver that had an intentional defect designed to simulate a gunshot wound.

 

“Applying pressure on a bleed is cute and all, but the liver and spleen hold a lot of blood,” a surgeon said. “If a patient experiences a massive bleed or has a gunshot wound in either of those, they’ll bleed out very quickly, so we need to train residents to stop a bleed in those worst-case instances. We use hemostatic products to stop bleeds like this, but a lot of people are on blood thinners and other medications that’ll interfere with that. We need to be confident on how to respond in those cases.”

 

Although the tour provided only a glimpse into the technologies available at the Jewett Orthopedic Center, it underscored the increasing influence of emerging technologies in the healthcare industry.

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