With de-construction done, now the fun begins! To make sure the plans meet everyone's needs, our staff has used Google Sketch Up to create walk-throughs of the proposed changes. It may be nerdy, but any Veterinary Technician can attest to the importance of things like wall outlets galore, ample counterspace, and plenty of clearance around treatment tables.
First on the list - setting up the future operating and dental suites. Their functionality and needs are very similar as far as rooms go. As a rule, the room should be only as big as needed, with minimal storage and only necessary counter space. Why? To minimize the horizontal surfaces which could collect dust. (Fun fact: swinging doors in hospitals do have a purpose other than added drama in ER TV - it allows doctors to enter the surgery suite back-first, and keep hands and gown front sterile.) So, if both rooms have the same needs for central oxygen, anesthesia equipment, monitoring equipment, heat support and instruments, then why are two separate rooms needed? The answer - fomites.
Although not required, it is ideal that dentals are performed in a designated space away from the general treatment area. This prevents particulate from scaling and polishing from circulating around in the air. A seemingly little thing, makes a big difference! Two seperate, designated rooms = maximized sterility, safer complex and orthopedic surgical procedures, and lower rate of infections.