Coloured lighting helps hospital with diagnoses

COLOURED lighting has been installed in a Danish hospital as senior medics believe it can help clinical staff make more accurate diagnoses.

The lighting in areas in Silkeborg Regional Hospital containing screens with test data and imagery such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans has been fitted with coloured lights to eliminate shadows and highlight structural detail.

In collaboration with surgeons and physicians, the coloured light scenarios are implemented with control from a central touch screen that makes it easy for staff to switch between individual preferences.

The hospital staff has found that its traditional white light from either ceiling LED or fluorescent fixtures can reflect and dazzle, and confuse the information on the screen. The new lighting makes it easier to identify the essential elements on the display by bringing out crucial detail, believe hospital bosses. The colour can be individually tuned by the operative on duty to ensure maximum comfort.

In collaboration with surgeons and physicians, the coloured light scenarios are implemented with control from a central touch screen that makes it easy for staff to switch between individual preferences.

The hospital is an early adopter of tunable lighting, which it is already using in its offices, the intensive care unit and five of its operating rooms. In the latter, the lights helps to optimise visual conditions and create more comfortable conditions for surgeons, doctors and nurses.

The regional health authority has also implemented innovative lighting interventions in other facilities.

A lighting installation at the Marienlund care home is using tuned light in an attempt to manage serotonin and melatonin levels in elderly patients.

The project – one of the largest so-called ‘human centric’ lighting installations in Europe – covers 120 assisted living facilities at the in the municipality of Silkeborg.

The lighting equipment in all cases was supplied by Danish lighting manufacturer Lightcare, which is becoming a specialist in so-called human-centric lighting.

 

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