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NHS and Industry Engineers working together set new standard for OR Lighting.

Quasar® eLite has been designed and built in the UK by a consortium of some of Britain’s finest Engineers and Infection Control Specialists. The outcome is a radical improvement in the performance of surgical lighting and medical video systems. The products feature enhanced light distribution, fully integrated HD-SDI video cameras and world-class hygienic design principles.

Estates Engineers and Infection Control Staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary have worked with Engineers from Brandon Medical and Scientists from TWI and Sagentia in a 2 year collaborative research programme to develop improved surgical lighting. The project has been funded by the European Commission as part of their programme of developing high technology solutions in the UK.

With medical AV now at the heart of the modern digital operating room, Brandon Medical has paid particular attention to video integration in the design of the new light.  Quasar® eLite is the first OR light which incorporates full SDI High Definition cameras and zoom controls, which are fully embedded within the slim lamp head The new SDI system eliminates the expensive electronics and loss of signal quality normally associated with transmission through the rotating joints of an OR light to produce an outstanding picture quality on large monitors. Mounting the cameras inside the lamp head enclosure, obviates the need for excessively large handles and restricted rotations whilst retaining the camera position directly above the subject. This also reduced costs as additional mounting systems are no longer required and the smooth facia of the lamp is retained.

Quasar® eLite has been designed to minimise infections and adheres to world-class hygienic design principles. Andrew Kemp, Consultant Infection Control Nurse commented that "the surface of the lamp is easily the best design I have seen for cleaning." The smooth continuous surfaces are easy to clean with minimal split lines, an anti-microbial agent is integrated into the light head surfaces and are sealed to IP54 guarding against the ingress of dirt and liquids. Embedding the camera inside the light head removes one of the hardest cleanliness problems and protects and expensive component from accidental damage. Wireless remote controls are also available enabling the lighting intensity, focus and camera zoom to be controlled outside of the sterile field.

Quasar® eLite surgical lighting system also incorporates the next generation of HD-LED lighting technology. The technology provides the surgeon with accurate full colour representation of anatomical structures during procedures. The natural light makes all colours vivid and vibrant making it easy to distinguish small differences in tissue.  Such accurate colour rendition makes the light do the work rather than the human eye. Brandon Medical has paid particular attention to the way that Quasar® eLite illuminates red tissue.  The human eye has a natural weakness in distinguishing shades of red which is a problem for Surgeons dealing predominantly with red tissue.  HD-LED provides the highest R9 red colour rendition of any product to provide the optimum visualisation of red tissues.

Graeme Hall – Managing Director comments:

"We've a long history of delivering innovation at Brandon Medical but this project has meant working to a whole new level. Quasar eLite is the result of working closely with NHS engineers, surgeons and infection control specialists to deliver a new product that addresses their everyday issues and delivers real life user benefits. On the industry side, our partners include two of the UK's top technology research agencies in Sagentia and TWI. The result is a revolutionary change in the quality of surgical light and the creation of a stunningly uniform illuminated area for the surgeon.  This project shows what we can do in Britain, when we work together to innovate and make better products"

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