Lighting reduces strain for surgeons at £12 m maternity unit

Operating theatres at the new £12 million South Lakes Birth Centre maternity unit at Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness, are benefiting from critical care power systems and surgical equipment supplied by Bender UK. Bender Medical IT power systems and uninterruptible power supplies provide protection and resilience within the maternity facility’s electrical infrastructure. The two operating theatres incorporate Bender hygienic touchscreen theatre control panels, clinical pendants, and the company’s new Merivaara Q-Flow LED surgical lights.

Bender said: ‘Sleek and streamlined in design, the energy-efficient Q Flow is cost-effective to operate, generates less heat than traditional lighting, and offers a working lifetime of up to 50,000 hours. Their lDynamic Obstacle Compensation (DOC) system adapts automatically to any obstacles in the field of light, delivering more illumination to the operation site, and reducing surgeon fatigue to minimise patient risk. They also provide class-leading R9 colour rendering, delivering daylight quality light to illuminate deep patient cavities, while a consistent green ambilite makes it easy for staff to view images and read monitors.

“The Q Flow lights also help to prevent and control infection,” Bender continued. “Each delivers an uninterrupted vertical flow of sterile air to the operating table. Very easy to clean and maintain, they can be controlled via either a touchscreen panel mounted on each light, a remote handheld device, or a conventional surgeon’s handle.”

Prior to installation, Bender’s Clinical Sales manager, Steve Coleman, demonstrated the Merivaara Q Flow to staff at the hospital. He said: “They were particularly impressed with the DOC system, because shading in the operating site is such an important consideration for surgical teams. It means that more than 60% of the light will get through in most circumstances, making a huge contribution to patient safety, and reducing fatigue for the surgical team.” 

Bender’s touchscreen control panels, featuring a ‘unique wipe-clean anti-microbial silver nitrate coating’, control the theatre environment. All the critical ‘Group 2’ medical areas are protected by Bender Medical IT (IPS) systems combined with the company’s ATICS automatic changeover device. The latter brings in two power supplies so that in the event of power failure ATICS instantly transfers to the secondary supply within 0.5 seconds to comply with HTM 06-01 stipulations.

Mechanical and electrical contractors, Bowker, carried out the installation, working closely with Bender UK, which has a long history of engagement with Furness General Hospital, most recently through refurbishment of operating theatres there and service and technical support.

Operating theatres at the new £12 million South Lakes Birth Centre maternity unit at Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness, are benefiting from critical care power systems and surgical equipment supplied by Bender UK.

Bender Medical IT power systems and uninterruptible power supplies provide protection and resilience within the maternity facility’s electrical infrastructure. The two operating theatres incorporate Bender hygienic touchscreen theatre control panels, clinical pendants, and the company’s new Merivaara Q-Flow LED surgical lights.

Bender said: ‘Sleek and streamlined in design, the energy-efficient Q Flow is cost-effective to operate, generates less heat than traditional lighting, and offers a working lifetime of up to 50,000 hours. Their lDynamic Obstacle Compensation (DOC) system adapts automatically to any obstacles in the field of light, delivering more illumination to the operation site, and reducing surgeon fatigue to minimise patient risk. They also provide class-leading R9 colour rendering, delivering daylight quality light to illuminate deep patient cavities, while a consistent green ambilite makes it easy for staff to view images and read monitors.

“The Q Flow lights also help to prevent and control infection,” Bender continued. “Each delivers an uninterrupted vertical flow of sterile air to the operating table. Very easy to clean and maintain, they can be controlled via either a touchscreen panel mounted on each light, a remote handheld device, or a conventional surgeon’s handle.”

Prior to installation, Bender’s Clinical Sales manager, Steve Coleman, demonstrated the Merivaara Q Flow to staff at the hospital. He said: “They were particularly impressed with the DOC system, because shading in the operating site is such an important consideration for surgical teams. It means that more than 60% of the light will get through in most circumstances, making a huge contribution to patient safety, and reducing fatigue for the surgical team.” 

Bender’s touchscreen control panels, featuring a ‘unique wipe-clean anti-microbial silver nitrate coating’, control the theatre environment. All the critical ‘Group 2’ medical areas are protected by Bender Medical IT (IPS) systems combined with the company’s ATICS automatic changeover device. The latter brings in two power supplies so that in the event of power failure ATICS instantly transfers to the secondary supply within 0.5 seconds to comply with HTM 06-01 stipulations.

Mechanical and electrical contractors, Bowker, carried out the installation, working closely with Bender UK, which has a long history of engagement with Furness General Hospital, most recently through refurbishment of operating theatres there and service and technical support.

 

 

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