Medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and paramedics often use headlight to examine or to perform surgical
intervention in the patients. However, there are concerns related to its use such as comfort for the user, mobility and asepsis
for the cable, availability in the departments plus cost effectiveness. The concept of a retrofitted 1-watt sports headlight (adjusted
on magnifying loupes) would give quick access to a light source, be available and reliable at any place, save vital funds and would
be environmentally friendly as the battery can be replaced. The same concept can be applied to pre-hospital emergency care and
disaster medicine as well.
Headlights with fibre optic cables have being used for two decades as an adjunct to the operating theatre lighting.
The cable-powered headlights pose, to our experience, some Limitations for the operating team: Smooth personnel circulation
around the operating field is hindered by repeated unplugging and re-plugging of the cable when surgeon and assistants change
sides. Protocols for draping and asepsis have to accommodate the cumbersome cable and the light source and in addition are
time consuming and arising issues of flexibility. The weight of the headlight and cable may cause health issues for the bearer (head
ache, low back pain) . Portable surgical headlights have also been available for the last decade for a not negligible cost. They
are powered by a battery pack, attached to the torso/waist and connected to the headlight by a shorter cable. They are priced at
hundreds of pounds.
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