Tympanic membranes look out, Welch Allyn recently announced that their popular halogen otoscopes and opthalmoscopes are getting longer lasting LED replacements. The LEDs will last three times longer than their halogen counter parts per charge, giving doctors even more time to search for that elusive optic disk in their non-dilated patient before the battery runs out. Other features include a 30 times longer bulb life and SureColor technology, which keeps color output constant regardless of light intensity. The upgrades will be offered as a kit which includes a lamp, lamp removal tool and step-by-step instructions.
From the press release:
Cindy Kuiper, director of physical exam products North America, said “We are excited to offer caregivers our new LED replacement lamps and the opportunity to become more energy- and cost-efficient in their practices. The LED also removes the nuisance of having to deal with burned out lamps when trying to complete a physical exam. But the SureColor™ technology is what we’re most excited about. It allows the color of the light to remain the same even as the light intensity is dimmed, which is something practitioners will appreciate during an ophthalmic exam.”
“The introduction of LED replacement lamps as a complement to our existing halogen lamp offering reaffirms our commitment to deliver new technologies that benefit the delivery of care,” added Kuiper. “It aligns with our strategic decision to focus on medical diagnostics, and we feel it is our responsibility to provide products that help control and reduce operating costs.”
For their next upgrade may we suggest a feature that makes it so that toddlers don’t think they are about to die when you are just trying to examine their ears.
Press release: Welch Allyn Introduces Hassle-Free LED Replacement Lamps for Physical Assessment Instruments