ErgoPractice News – July 2023
The SurgiTel loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED headlight is a revolutionary solution that combines LED technology with lightweight design, resulting in improved surgical procedures and clinician comfort. In this month’s ErgoPractice News, we will discuss a few of the benefits that the loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED headlight offers.
The integration of LED technology into surgical LED loupe-mounted headlights brings several advantages that greatly improve surgical procedures and enhance clinician comfort. Below, we will explore some of the benefits offered by the SurgiTel loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED (Figure 1).
Lightweight Yet Bright
Recognizing the critical importance of surgeon comfort and the impact of gear weight on their endurance, our team has meticulously designed the revolutionary loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED headlight. Weighing a mere 14.6 grams, this headlight epitomizes the perfect balance between lightweight design and uncompromising brightness. Bid farewell to the discomfort caused by heavy headband mounted lights and cumbersome headlight devices, as our Surgical Mini LED aims to alleviate any physical strain experienced during prolonged surgeries, promoting enhanced focus and precision throughout the procedure.
Just because the Surgical Mini LED is incredibly light does not mean it sacrifices illumination power. On the contrary, this cutting-edge headlight dazzles with an impressive 100,000 Lux, providing an exceptionally bright and clear field of view. This brightness ensures that surgeons can confidently navigate the intricacies of each operation, leaving no room for compromised visibility.
Beyond mere brightness, we understand that the color temperature of surgical lighting is equally crucial for visual accuracy. The Surgical Mini LED boasts a Kelvin temperature of 5,700, that is calibrated to enhance anatomical features. Our headlight optimizes tissue differentiation and helps surgeons discern minute details with utmost clarity, enabling them to make informed decisions and deliver the highest standard of care.
Long Lasting Battery
In the medical field, particularly during lengthy surgeries or procedures, the significance of a reliable and long-lasting battery cannot be overstated. Ensuring uninterrupted and consistent performance is paramount, as healthcare professionals must remain entirely focused on providing the best patient care without any distractions or concerns about equipment performance.
By combining the 12-hour battery life with the brilliance and precision of LED lighting technology, our loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED stands at the forefront of medical device innovation. Ensuring optimal visibility and illumination, it empowers surgeons and healthcare professionals to perform at the pinnacle of their abilities while maintaining an unwavering focus on the well-being of their patients. Its lightweight construction and user-friendly features ensure effortless handling and precise positioning, alleviating any strain that may arise during extended medical procedures.
UV and IR Wavelengths
The benefits of LED technology extend far beyond just brightness and efficiency. One of the most remarkable advantages of utilizing LED lighting in medical settings, such as during surgeries, lies in the elimination of both ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) wavelengths, profoundly impacting the surgical environment and the well-being of both patients and the medical team.
Surgical lights like high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, such as Xenon lights, emit large amounts of infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. Infrared wavelengths manifest as heat radiation causing discomfort for the surgical team and raise concerns about drying out exposed tissue. Ultraviolet wavelengths can also contribute to wound drying when tissues are exposed to the lights for extended periods. This drying effect can hinder the body’s natural healing mechanisms, posing a risk to patient recovery and overall surgical outcomes.
Unlike its conventional counterparts, LEDs produce light with low amounts of ultraviolet or infrared radiation. This characteristic ensures that neither the surgical team nor the patient is subjected to the uncomfortable heat radiation experienced with traditional lamps. By reducing the risk of tissue drying due to excessive heat, LED surgical lights significantly contribute to the overall comfort of both the medical staff and patients.1-3
Low Contamination Risk
In contrast to traditional overhead Surgical Lighting Systems (SLS), the innovative loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED headlight presents a promising solution to mitigate the potential risks of contamination during surgical procedures. The need for frequent adjustments and manipulations when using SLS, which can introduce the risk of bacterial transfer between the light handle, surgical gloves, and the wound site, is significantly reduced when using the Surgical Mini LED headlight.4 Schweitzer et al revealed that in hip replacement surgery procedures in their hospital, 50% of randomly selected sterile light handles contained a significant amount of bacterial culture.4,5
The loupe-mounted Surgical Mini LED headlight offers a distinct advantage by being attached onto the surgeon’s loupes. This design ensures that the beam of light is precisely directed to wherever the clinician is looking, providing a focused and consistent illumination of the surgical field. As a result, there is no necessity for constant adjustments or manipulations of the light source during the procedure, minimizing the potential opportunities for bacterial transfer and contamination.
Eyes Adaptation to Light
The dynamics of eye adaptation, particularly the contrast between “Dark-to-Light” and “Light-to-Dark” adaptations, play a crucial role in determining the optimal illumination conditions during surgical procedures. Our eyes adapt more quickly when transitioning from darkness to light than the reverse, indicating that the brightness of the background area should be significantly lower than that of the target area. To achieve the ideal visual conditions, it is recommended to maintain a target to background brightness ratio larger than three. This means that the illumination of overhead lights, which contributes to the background brightness, should be dimmer compared to the intensity of LED headlights, the primary source of illumination for the surgical site.4,6,7
Contrast Enhancement Filter
The utilization of contrast enhancement filters in medical settings can yield remarkable benefits by enhancing specific anatomical features. SurgiTel offers a contrast enhancement filters designed to optimize the visualization of critical elements, such as veins and skin surfaces by enhancing blue and red colors. One of SurgiTel’s specialized offerings includes contrast enhancement filters, which serve to highlight the image of veins. By employing these filters, medical professionals can achieve a clearer and more detailed view of veins beneath the skin’s surface. The contrast enhancement filters work by blocking certain light reflections from the skin surface while allowing lights scattered from veins to be prominently visible. As a result, the visual distinction of veins is significantly improved, facilitating more precise and efficient medical procedures. Figure 2 shows the effect of filters on images.
- Walters, Chris. “Clinical Benefits of LED Surgical Lights.” STERIS, January 4, 2008. https://www.steris.com/-/media/documents/pdfs/knowledge-center/operating-room-equipment/clinical-benefit-of-led-lights.ashx.
- “LED Surgical Lights: Operating Room Lights.” Open Lighting Product Directory (OLPD), June 28, 2022. https://www.shine.lighting/products/led-surgical-lights/.
- Fischer, Anne L. “Lighting Up the OR.” Photonics Media, February 2010. https://www.photonics.com/Articles/Lighting_up_the_OR/a41435.
- Curlin, Jahnavi, and Charles K. Herman. “Current State of Surgical Lighting.” The Surgery Journal 06, no. 02 (April 2020): e87–97. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1710529.
- Schweitzer, Daniel, Ianiv Klaber, Daniel Fischman, Aniela Wozniak, Eduardo Botello, and Pedro Pablo Amenábar. “Surgical Light Handles: A Source of Contamination in the Surgical Field.” Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 49, no. 4 (2015): 421–25. https://doi.org/10.3944/aott.2015.14.0401.
- Chang, Jin. “LED Headlights as Clinical Illumination: Questions Raised by Clinicians and Answers.” SurgiTel. ErgoPractice News, July 2021. https://www.surgitel.com/led-headlights-as-clinical-illumination-question-raised-by-clinicians/.
- Chang, Jin. “LED Headlights 101.” SurgiTel, May 2023. https://www.surgitel.com/led-headlights-101/.