Our new surgical light, Maquet PowerLED II, is now entering the scene, with the aim to help surgeons all over the world perform surgeries with less distraction. Because the best surgical light, is one that can be forgotten during the entire procedure.
Following the success of Maquet PowerLED I, one of the first surgical lights on the market using LED technology, Getinge is now launching the sequel Maquet PowerLED II. “We wanted to create a super safe environment to protect the eyes of the surgeons in the operating room (OR). Making their work conditions as comfortable as possible has been a top priority, since that in the end leads to higher safety for the patients”, says Stephane Tabillon, Senior BD Manager Surgical Lights.
The product comes in two sizes – 500 and 700 cupolas – and is designed by the R&D team at the Ardon factory in France, the home of Getinge’s surgical lights. “Our guiding star is that the best surgical light is one that can be forgotten. After being initially positioned, the surgeon should be able to carry on with the work and not think about the light during the entire procedure,” explains Stephane.
While moving under the lights, the surgeon’s eyes shift between bright and dark illumination areas, which easily cause eye fatigue and dizziness. With the new Comfort Light option in Maquet PowerLED II, the difference between those areas reduces drastically the level of dissonance between differently illuminated areas, which makes the eyes adapt faster.
“There is new laser guidance for precise positioning and an adjustable light patch to direct light where it’s most needed. We have also added six different colors of ambient light for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), so that each customer can choose their preferred color. This allows limiting glare effect on the monitors to improve contrast and clarity during MIS. It also allows for the setting of a friendly and peaceful mood for the surgical staff,” tells Stephane.
To reduce the risk of catching infections in the OR, the very place at the hospital where patients are most vulnerable, an antibacterial coating is added on the high-touch surfaces of the Maquet PowerLED II. And of course, the Automatic Illumination Management (AIM) solution from some of our earlier surgical lights enables the surgeon to have complete freedom of movement without any reduction in illumination.
“The LEDs are configured in an overlapping pattern and a sensor, detecting obstacles, compensates for shadows by dimming blocked LEDs and increasing the output of the others,” describes Stephane. A quick-lock system and removable accessories, such as camera and LMD system, can be used on any of Getinge’s surgical lights in any OR, adding even more value. “With the Quick lock system, you can move the camera between different ORs and position it from the best possible angle, just above the patient. This is quite handy for training sessions. Instead of having a lot of people standing around the operating table, they can calmly watch the surgery live on a screen with a perfect vision.”
Stephane is eager to see this new product on the market, and he is already challenging the R&D team in Ardon to look into the future of surgical lights. “Our products are positioned in the exact right spot in the OR, just above the patient. And today, a surgical light is not just a light; it is a machine full of technology and software. We have been building these products for years and look forward to keep coming up with new innovations that lead to better working conditions for surgical teams and better outcomes for their patients,” he concludes.