A rAPTOrous and complex exercise in choreography
Moving a patient, whether from one part of a hospital or to another hospital, can cost precious time andcause pain, further trauma and can be dangerous.
RAPTOR is scheduled to open early in 2011 in Mc-Caig Tower. Today, it’s little more than a shell, emptybut for the times caregivers practice how they willperform intricate and simultaneous operations andprocedures without tripping over one another (or themyriad of equipment the room will house).
Each rehearsal is an exercise in silent and subdued
choreography — every movement calculated and exact.
Until recently, the RAPTOR team’s intricate stepswere carried out around plywood replicas of the equipment that will soon fill the room.
This past summer, the plywood shapes were loanedto an emergency care team in Edmonton.
“In the relatively few short hours we’ve practiced,we’ve become markedly better,” Kirkpatrick says. “Wethink of it like paratroopers doing landing drills — youpractice over and over until it’s second nature.”
reported by TErry BULLICK, AHSIn recent months, a “flock” of caregivers have lighted onto what will soon be one of the ultimate trauma operating rooms in the world.
When finished, up to 50 doctors, nurses and otherprofessionals at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgarycould work at one time in the RAPTOR — Room forAngiography and Percutaneous Treatment and Operative Resuscitation. This one-stop treatment area willbe used to stabilize the most critically ill patients withsevere trauma. In the RAPTOR, caregivers will makethe most of every second and every step.
“It really is one room where you can take a patientwho’s severely injured and treat everything at once,”says Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick, a trauma surgeon andintensive care physician who has helped the CalgaryHealth Trust raise donations for the room where he’lleventually work.
“We think of it like para-
troopers doing landing
drills — you practice
over and over until it’s
– Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick,
Computer rendering of the r APTOr, an intensive, one-stopoperating room for severe trauma patients.
Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick