New for the hospital market, the innovative, automated lighting system ‘FlexInLight’ offers greater, real time lighting quality and precision, eliminates clutter and guarantees a greater level of asepsis in the operating zone
Telstar has developed a lighting system built into laminar flow ceilings for operating theatres which automatically orientates the light source to any point on command of the user, within the surgical working space in a precise manner while eliminating the physical obstacles imposed by traditional lighting to provide higher quality, precision and asepsis level in the operating zone.
Under the brand ‘FlexInLight’, this new system provides stability and cleanliness of the air volume provided by the laminar flow system. It also facilitates operability within the surgical process by eliminating the physical obstacles typically encountered. Comprised of motorized spot lights embedded in the laminar flow ceiling, this system replaces conventional surgical lamps to provide an open space within the working area, removing obstructions in the laminar flow ventilation process, which is one of the main drawbacks caused by the presence of traditional lamps. In this manner, the new lighting system ensures the cleanliness and asepsis within the working area, offering the maximum degree of protection against possible post-surgical infections produced by microorganisms in the air inside the operating theatres, caused or generated by exposed instruments, equipment and lamps in the air flow.
Maximum level of obstacle-free lighting precision
In addition, this innovative and versatile lighting system assures the two basic conditions for optimum lighting quality within the visual space of the surgeons during the operation: zenith lighting and shadow-avoiding lighting. FlexInLight is composed of a total of six motorized lighting units embedded in a laminar flow ceiling, with the capability of orientating the lighting units towards any point within their working envelope. The system, which can be fully configured to the requirements of the technical/medical team, provides a light intensity exceeding 100,000 lux; the maximum output currently provided by conventional lamps. This property enables FlexInLight to address and technically surpass the specifications of available alternative technologies. Also, an advanced automated control system enables the new system to control both the vertical angle of the light, to provide appropriate lighting level to the operating zone, and orientation of the light, to suppress shadows, thus providing an optimum lighting environment. The system as a whole offers greater precision and light projection positioning for each light unit with a resolution margin of error of ± 1cm. In turn, the number of light units and their distribution within the ceiling ensure both the light output and the air flow laminarity.
At a user-level, the system relies on artificial vision. Using a pointing device as a remote control, the surgeon can decide and act directly to determine the exact position where the light beam must be projected at all times, in a process which is faster process and more accurate than that available from conventional lighting systems.
High versatility – A single system for different environments
This sophisticated system is intended particularly for operating theatres that require a high level of bacteriological safety, such as major surgery operating theatres. Even so, its modular design and arrangement and simple installation make it suitable for other environments with fewer restrictions, such as examination rooms, or outpatient or interventional operating theatres. In the latter, a high level of asepsis is not required but a larger volume of free space, in order to use special devices and equipment, such as X-ray machines or scanners. To that effect, the versatility of the FlexInLight lighting system addresses the safety requirements and demands of the patient and the working conditions of the medical staff.
Developed by Telstar, FlexInLight has been designed along with Dr. Enric Laporte, director of the Department of New Technologies Applied to Surgery (NTAS) of the Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí of Sabadell (Barcelona) and Dr. Josep Amat and Dr. Alícia Casals of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).
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