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Left: Brandon Medical’s brand new HD-LED, Astramax, is small, elegant and suitable for minor procedures whilst still competing with some of the largest of operating lights. Below: The Zumtobel IMWS wall system, jointly developed with Asklepios.


Our health is so important to us, and it is often overlooked the considerable effect that certain exposures to light can have on our health. For example, alterations in our exposure to natural daylight can directly affect our moods and sleep patterns, and precise exposure to light can help calm skin disorders or even aid the process of wound healing. Light can play a vital role in our health, at all stages from operating theatres to healing environments, to help us to heal more quickly. Brandon Medical manufactures and supplies a range of medical lighting equipment, from operating theatre lights to examination and bed head lights. The team has just recently launched a brand new HD-LED operating theatre light for minor surgery. Astramax, the new operating


theatre light, has already produced enormous interest amongst medical professionals.


Astramax HD-LED presents the opportunity to use cutting edge technology that Brandon already have and wrap it up in a product that is able to compete on price and performance in a very competitive market. The aim of the development of Astramax was to bridge the gap between the biggest operating theatre lights and smaller minor operating lights.


Peter North, Design Engineer and creator of Astramax, comments: “The creation of Astramax was to develop a surgical light that could be used successfully in primary care and secondary care environments. It projects a light intensity of 130,000 Lux


enabling it to compete on power with some of the largest operating lights, however, it is small, elegant and light-weight making it perfectly suited to minor procedures also.” The product carries all the advantages of HD-LED technology, which include full spectrum colour rendition. This is really important for surgeons as the natural white light picks out all the visible colours for your eyes so that you can clearly see without eyestrain, as the work is done by the light and not the human eye. This means that all colours will be strong and vibrant, so surgeons should find it easy to distinguish any small differences in tissue. Red balance control compensates for our natural weakness in distinguishing shades of red and is user adjustable to match individual’s red vision and the surgical conditions. This makes any differences in tissue even easier to spot, as surgeons will be able to differentiate between even very similar colours, and red tissues will have enhanced visualisation. This is a real help for surgeons where eyesight is imperative. The design of the product makes life much easier for the surgeon, as LEDs are spread across the whole lighting surface. This means a much better distribution of light can be achieved, enabling excellent shadow control to under-light obstructions during procedures. Imperatively, the product is also specially designed for infection control. The lamp head is sealed to IP54 to protect from ingress of dirt and fluids. The smooth surfaces of the lamp head allow for easy disinfection, and it is manoeuvred using a sterilisable handle.


Perhaps on a par with the importance of lighting in the operating theatre is the creation of a calm environment in which patients can heal in comfort. This is something that the team at Zumtobel takes very seriously, and the new medical supply system draws on the need for patient rooms to appear to be a less sterile and alien environment. As part of the Green Hospital Programme set up by Germany's biggest hospital operator, Asklepios, Zumtobel’s new system was designed with the intention of making clinics more environmentally friendly and homely for patients. The integrated IMWS wall system, including lighting and all necessary ports for safe patient care, was jointly developed with Asklepios to meet these intentions. Zumtobel’s central focus is in patient’s rooms, but because of its


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