<p>The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, inaugurated four newly renovated Operating Rooms (ORs) designed to provide cutting-edge treatments and procedures to patients.
</p><p>The inauguration ceremony, held at the AKUH's Main Stadium Road Campus, was attended by President Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, VP Finance and CFO, Ms. Shagufta Hassan, CEO, Dr Shahid Shafi, Dean, Dr Adil Haider, Chair Department of Anaesthesiology, Dr Asad Latif, along with other chairs, department heads and management of the University Hospital.</p><p>These four inaugurated ORs were completely renovated from scratch to meet higher international standards and best practices. The newly renovated ORs include isolated room air handling systems and Hepa filters, while two new ORs are also equipped with Holmium and CO2 lasers, features which will allow better care to the patient as well as procedures not offered earlier. Renovation work will start in other ORs in the next few months as well. </p><p>On the occasion, President AKU, Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, congratulated all the teams involved for successfully concluding the renovation project and lauded their hard work and dedication. Dr Shahabuddin also emphasized the importance of maintenance of existing facilities and infrastructure to enhance patient satisfaction and service levels, as the University Hospital nears four decades of operations.</p><p>Congratulating the work done by everyone involved, from the OR Team to the Design, Construction, and Procurement teams, CEO AKUH, P, Dr Shahid Shafi commented, that this renovation process was entirely led by the end users, the OR team, who worked collaboratively with different stakeholders to manage the entire project. “What makes us different in our approach is how we take care of our patients," said Dr Shafi while addressing how the newly renovated ORs enable AKUH to contribute towards enhanced patient care and safety.</p><p>Dr Asad Latif, Chair Department of Anaesthesiology, which manages OR Operations, spoke about the collaborative planning and challenges involved in the renovation project without compromising patient care during renovation. He thanked all the stakeholders involved in the project for their continuous support.
</p><p>AKUH's operating rooms can cater to all surgical patients, including those with planned (elective) and emergency procedures. The University Hospital also offers same-day surgeries in a separate surgical daycare section, which has an additional suite for patients to recuperate for a few hours before same-day discharge.