When he started working in the Operating Room at Queensway Carleton Hospital, Steve Periard knew he’d found his home. “The OR and I just clicked,” he remembers. “In the OR, we strive for order and consistency. And I love that.”
Steve also loves a good team. He is both a hockey coach and player and sees the benefits of everyone working together for one goal. “It’s definitely a team environment in the OR,” he says. “You need everyone pulling the same way to make sure everything goes well.”
As Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Operating Room Clinical Manager, Steve leads a team of more than 75 specially trained staff. He says they are excited about the changes ahead. The revitalization of the 11 surgical suites will provide an opportunity to do more for patients with new equipment, updated tools and even better lighting.
“We have some exceptional physicians at Queensway Carleton Hospital who have used high-end equipment in other places. Now, they want that here. It may not sound glamourous but when a surgeon has proper lighting and visualization, he or she can see things much more clearly. That makes everyone’s job easier.”
Right now, Steve says that nurses are sometimes forced to try and make quick fixes on the fly. It could involve adjusting the monitor or wiggling a cord to solve the issue. He likens it to the rabbit ears on old televisions. “You constantly tweaked them to get the best picture image. Soon we will have the best high definition view in the OR!”
But it’s not just about the bells and whistles. Steve says the refurbished ORs will also help support better outcomes for patients. “Most technology has a shelf life of about 18 months and much of Queensway Carleton Hospital’s operating room equipment is 7 or 8 years old,” he explains is a familiar experience for most hospitals in Canada. “Health care equipment is expensive, but we must balance those fiscal responsibilities with the needs of our patients. No one is at risk now, but we know we can provide a better experience and we definitely want to do that.”
Steve says he has seen a lot of changes in the OR since 2007. At that time, the number of suites expanded from 4 to 8, and then to 11. “It feels like a community here. We take pride in the services we provide and the refurbished ORs will only strengthen that,” he says.
At the end of the day, it comes back to consistency and teamwork: “It’s all about how we can provide exceptional care to our patients. It’s going to be awesome and we can’t thank the donors enough for their support. Every single patient will benefit.”