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 and
cause 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, empty
but for the times caregivers practice how they will
perform intricate and simultaneous operations and
procedures without tripping over one another (or the
myriad 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 steps
were carried out around plywood replicas of the equipment that will soon fill the room.
This past summer, the plywood shapes were loaned
to an emergency care team in Edmonton.
“In the relatively few short hours we’ve practiced,
we’ve become markedly better,” Kirkpatrick says. “We
think of it like paratroopers doing landing drills — you
practice over and over until it’s second nature.”
reported by TErry BULLICK, AHS
In 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 other
professionals at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary
could work at one time in the RAPTOR — Room for
Angiography and Percutaneous Treatment and Operative Resuscitation. This one-stop treatment area will
be used to stabilize the most critically ill patients with
severe trauma. In the RAPTOR, caregivers will make
the most of every second and every step.
“It really is one room where you can take a patient
who’s severely injured and treat everything at once,”
says Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick, a trauma surgeon and
intensive care physician who has helped the Calgary
Health Trust raise donations for the room where he’ll
“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-stop
operating room for severe trauma patients.
Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick