Wearable Surgical Lighting System

OPELA III
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OPELAⅢ performs the functions of OR light and headlight

At critical care facilities that handle tertiary care, there are many situations in which surgery is performed right in the ER(Fig.1). Our hospital has a normal ceiling-mounted surgical light with 2 arms in the ER, yet when performing emergency thoracotomy for instance in cases such as rib fracture in the thoracic cavity, liver injury below the diaphragm, spleen injury or retroperitoneal bleeding during open surgery, the light does not sufficiently reach deep into the surgical field. And during hemostatic suture, it becomes increasingly difficult to stop the bleeding in one attempt without sufficient illumination for clear visibility. For this reason, I have always wanted a surgical light that can illuminate deep cavities while controlling shadows from forming. In severe trauma cases where patient’s vital signs are unfavorable yet no time to examine thoroughly by CT scan, it is not uncommon to begin surgery without clear knowledge of which organ is damaged. In order to identify the affected area, the surgeon and the assistant will examine by moving their posture around to get a visual confirmation. With limited resource in the ER at times, it is not easy for the circulation nurse to accurately direct light from ceiling OR light into the surgical field, compounding to the already stressful environment. In that respect, by using OPELAⅢ, not only can the surgical field be illuminated without adjusting the ceiling OR light, but also focus the light precisely where it is needed most. It is truly amazing

how OPELAⅢ alone can perform the functions of both ceiling OR light and headlight at the same time. Being battery-operated and untethered help make life easier as well for surgeons at ER who change positions and move their posture frequently. Also with its light weight and comfortable fit, there is less stress especially during long surgeries.

Wearable Surgical Lighting System

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