A Guide To Choosing the Right Surgical Headlamp

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In Surgical settings, there can be many challenges that are unique to every person performing surgery. Therefore, choosing the appropriate surgical headlamp is critical to the success and well being of all involved in the process.

Surgeons and staff work under stressful conditions. It is critical the tools used such as lighting is appropriate for the task at hand. With many options available on the market it can be intimidating on which light source to choose for each profession.

Compared to pendant arm lighting, LED surgical headlights may help to improve visibility through a few means. Surgical headlights decrease the potential for shadows that can be caused from pendant lighting, helping focus the lighting on the surgical wound, potentially providing a more uniform light. In addition, new surgical headlamps remove the tethered fiber optic cable system for increased mobility.

What are the standards you should look for in LED Surgical Headlights?

Comfort – All Surgical headlights have varying weights and balance. The lighter the headlight, the less chance there will be for shoulder and neck fatique. How the headlight feels on the Doctors head or Balance of the headlamp is important. Having a comfortable fit will also help with fatigue and allow the Doctor to focus on the procedure rather than the headlamp itself.

Quality of Illumination – Choosing a headlamp source that allow for various intensity settings is an advantage when performing various procedures requiring varying light intensities. In addition, variable spot control with crisp edges is also an advantage as it allows the surgeon to adjust the light to adjust the light to the size of the spot requiring visibility.

Battery Life – It is important the life of battery outperform the length of procedure being performed. Lithium battery technology have emerged as the top performing battery over traditional lead acid batteries. They have a longer life span, allowing more cycles than lead acid batteries and recharge cycle is shorter as well.

Choosing the Correct Illumination

The amount of illumination needed can vary for each surgical discipline. General office procedures, ENT or Dentistry may not require the amount of illumination as Deep Site surgery, Spine surgery or other Deep tissue procedures. Brighter may not be better as it can distort the view depending on procedure. Consistent, crisp and uniform lighting is critical to each discipline. Choose and trial the right surgical headlamp for your discipline.

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