New Operation Building, Centralsjukhuset, Karlstad
In the recently built operating house at the hospital Centralsjukhuset in Karlstad, health-promoting lighting solutions support good patient care and improve the working environment.
In April 2016, Centralsjukhuset in Karlstad will be ready with a state-of-the-art and future-proof operating house of 7800 m2. With this construction, the region Värmland is at the forefront with the latest technologies and a clear vision.
”It is to be the operating house of the future – with the patient as the centre of attention. We are creating the setting for a new patient flow, where the patient only has to go to one place. Furthermore, we are focused on a good working environment and flexibility. Here, lighting plays an important part”, says Tobias Kjellberg, Healthcare manager, at Region Värmland.
With Ergonomic Lighting, the Swedish hospital Centralsjukhuset will have the highest standard in lighting solutions. The operation works really well and can be adapted to the work in the individual room.
Operating rooms with zoned, coloured lighting
The lighting is one of the areas that the county council in Värmland has given high priority. In all 27 operating rooms, Ergonomic Lighting has been installed.
”With the right lighting, we create a better working environment for the staff and good surroundings for the patients. We are currently using Ergonomic Lighting in several operating rooms with good results. The staff reports of less fatigue, and the combination of the complementary colours red and green improve the image quality on the monitor and create a balanced and good light in the whole room. By installing it in all operating rooms of the new building, we ensure that it is being used during all operations”, says Tobias Kjellberg.
Ergonomic Lighting divides the operating room into coloured light zones that are adapted to the various work functions. The light is programmed with a number of basic settings for before, during and after a procedure.
“With Ergonomic Lighting, the Swedish hospital Centralsjukhuset will have the highest standard in lighting solutions. The operation works really well and can be adapted to the work in the individual room”, says project manager Linus Idemark from Sweco, who are the consulting engineers of the construction.
Circadian Rhythm Lighting for patients and staff
Furthermore, the new operating house will have Ergonomic Circadian Rhythm Lighting from Chromaviso in 18 recovery locations, five supervision rooms and 9 intensive care rooms. It is a health-promoting lighting solution that supports the natural circadian rhythm of patients and staff. The combination of the two lighting concepts provides complete lighting.
”We know that patients recover faster with Circadian Rhythm Lighting. We believe that the light has a significant effect – including on the staff. Therefore, we have chosen to give it priority”, says Tobias Kjellberg.
Specially designed operation increases usability
The operation of the light consists of central touch screens in the staff room and push button panels at the individual beds. The operating system is specially designed and is a result of many years of experience in creating flexible and user-friendly solutions with a high level of usability, explains Torben Skov Hansen:
“We have been focused on creating control panels that suit the different needs. The staff must have an overview of all beds and the possibility of setting the light according to the treatment, atmosphere or activity to be supported. And, we have worked with colours, icons and words in order to develop user-friendly and more homely push button panels, which are located in small common room areas and activity rooms, where they can be operated by the staff as well as the patients.”
We have not had any problems with deliveries or initialisation. Therefore, I do not expect to have any problems with the lighting in the future
Complete solution based on LED
The lighting solution uses the latest technologies within LED.
”It is a complete solution, and the programming, lighting and flexibility are brand-new. In the operating rooms, the staff will have the right light precisely where they want it. In intensive care, the patients and staff will have the possibility of controlling the light close to each bed”, explains Leif Fransson, project manager at MIDROC, the company responsible for the electrical work of the construction.
Reliability has also been in focus. In addition to the many positive effects of the light and the new technologies, there has also been focus on ensuring a reliable solution.
”We have not had any problems with deliveries or initialisation. Therefore, I do not expect to have any problems with the lighting in the future”, says Leif Fransson.
Cooperation between several competencies
The ambitious lighting project has become a success based on good cooperation across competencies during the construction process – right from initial consultancy to planning, implementation and putting into operation.
Chromaviso has been a good business partner since 2007, where we installed Ergonomic Lighting for the first time.
”During the planning phase, we worked closely together with Chromaviso, and together, we went over room by room. This means that we hit the mark the first time around. This is amazing, considering that this is the largest and most advanced installation in Sweden”, says Linus Idermark.
The fact that a Danish lighting company was chosen was a result of a thorough decision-making process and several years of cooperation and dialogue regarding different options.
”Chromaviso has been a good business partner since 2007, where we installed Ergonomic Lighting for the first time. They provide very competent consultancy, and throughout the years, they have proven that they also follow up with user implementation. So, when we had to choose a supplier for the new construction project, we considered factors such as effect, price and competencies. And in than connection, we all agreed that we would get the best complete solution from Chromaviso”, says Tobias Kjellberg.
When the light was ready, all users were taught how to use the light.
”We have now created conditions ensuring that regardless of where you are working in the new building, you have access to optimal lighting. The staff group has great expectations for this, and Chromaviso’s next job is to train them”, says Tobias Kjellberg.
Chromaviso regularly arranges training seances and technical follow-up – in order to ensure that the solution matches the requirements of the wards and the patients perfectly.
”When you choose a health-promoting lighting solution such as ours, it is a vital task for us to ensure that all users are trained to operate the light and know the various options and advantages of the light. It is also during this phase that we can adjust the light to the needs of the department and the patient category. And finally, the dialogue with the customers contributes to our continued innovation”, explains Torben Skov Hansen.
About the project in Karlstad:
- 18 operation rooms
- 1 hybrid room
- 1 robot room
- 4 endoscopy