Operating Theatre

Temporary Modular Operating Theatre (OT)

Whether it is disaster relief, maintaining capability during operating theatre refurbishment, clearing elective surgery backlogs or just simply adding additional capability during peak patient demand periods, Aspen Medical’s Clinical Infrastructure team has the answer.

Our temporary Operating Theatre (OT) solution consists of two purpose-built modular units constructed from the ground up, with each module designed on the footprint of a standard 40-foot ISO shipping container for ease of movement. The modules can be joined together onsite in hours to create a compliant, modern and instantly operational surgery.

The modular units come as a “plug and play” solution – simply connect to the existing electrical, water and grey water services at the facility. The ease and speed of installation of the modular units keeps disruption to normal hospital operations to a minimum. Each module is designed as close to Australasian Health Facility Guidelines as space will allow, and at times, can actually exceed these guidelines. The solution can be leased or purchased outright.

Designed and manufactured in Brisbane, the modular units are robust, easily moved by flat-bed truck, side loader, tilt tray, container forklift or crane and can be installed in a space as small as 16m x 7m which allows room for linkways etc. With each module only weighing approximately 8 tonnes, they can be installed on most surfaces such as car parks, concrete slab etc.

Key features

The modular Operating Theatre features a purpose-built HVAC system that delivers OT-quality air in a positive pressure environment. A simple but effective dirty to clean workflow reduces the risk of contamination. The unit can easily interface with current hospital IT and tracking systems and features an in-built Nurse/Emergency Call system. Originally designed for disaster relief operations, the module incorporates a functioning CSSD area that adds to capability. A UPS system linked to designated power outlets and lights guarantees capability in the unlikely event the hospital’s power and backup contingencies fail.

Two modules make one single Operating Theatre. Each module has external measurements of 12.192m long, 2.438m wide and 3.1m high. The two modules located together have a footprint of 12.192m long and 4.876m wide.

Modules maintain the same handling capability of a 40’ ISO container allowing movement by road, rail, air and sea.

The modules are of a steel frame construction with a galvanized C Purlin floor structure for long life and allow modules to be stacked or placed on a support structure for access at the first-floor level or above where required.

How it works

Our design team will work closely with your department specialists in the design phase to deliver the right product for the task. The modular Operating Theatres can be supplied as an off the shelf unit or built to order depending on the facility’s requirements.

Dependent on availability and configuration requirements, our off the shelf units can be ready for dispatch in as little as four weeks, whilst the typical lead time for a new build is approximately 14 weeks.

Once engaged, Aspen Medical will conduct a comprehensive site survey to determine the best access for trucks and cranes, location for the modular units, and proximity to existing hospital utilities and main building entries.

After installation onsite, Aspen Medical will work closely with the hospital during the validation and commissioning phase to ensure the modular unit is operational to relevant state government health regulations. Any necessary training will be supplied before handover to ensure all staff are familiar and confident in the temporary Operating Theatre.

Aspen Medical can offer either a leasing arrangement for the units or an outright purchase option. Because of the flexibility of being able to move these units easily with little impact on hospital operations, an outright purchase is an attractive prospect for hospital chains or state governments with elective surgery backlogs, refurbishment requirements across multiple locations or as a cost-effective solution to add capability.

Inclusions in a typical temporary modular Operating Theatre (OT) from Aspen Medical

Pre-Op area
Post-Op area
22m sq operating area
Scrub sink
Change Room/Storeroom
Medical gas supply system using 2 x 8,000 L cylinders on oxygen, nitrous oxide and medical air systems
Gascon auto changeover
manifolds and a BOC Gases
medical gas alarm panel
Busch double pump medical
suction system
Connection to facility IT and tracking system
Atherton blanket and fluid warmer
Dangerous Drug safe
Melatherm 10 instrument washer
Cliniclave 45 steriliser
Integrated medical suction
Nurse Call System
Connection to facility’s fire system
HEPA filtered air supply with positive pressure
Instrument cleaning room
Acrobat 2000 pendant system Optional
Dr Mach LED surgical light
LED lighting throughout
Quality remote controlled sound system
Validation and commissioning of Aspen Medical-owned equipment Available if required
In-built 4 stage reverse osmosis water treatment system
Facility team training
Designated workflow
Covered entrance and walkway

Hospital requirements for the installation of a temporary modular Operating Theatre (OT)

Electrical connection to hospital32 Amp 3-phase sockets
Water supply to hospital¾ brass quick connector and suitable hose length
Connection to hospital grey water system50mm male threaded connection
Planning permissionRelevant state government/council building approvals and permits
Engineering Footings and associated groundworks, associated linkways to module (if required)


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