Lighting and Medicine

Lighting and MedicineWhat do you think the most important thing is when treating a wound? Sure, some kind of antibiotic to kill whatever germs might have made it inside is a nice start, but it’s not the most important step in treating a wound. Neither is stitching up said wound, though that’s certainly important. If you want to treat the correct area in the first place though, the most important part of any setup is the lighting. Without proper, bright lights to guide your eyes, it’s possible to miss scrapes, scratches or other injuries which could become worse over time without treatment.

Why do you think so many doctors’ examination rooms are so very bright? It may not be a flattering kind of light, but it will certainly help them to get a better look at you, and this can be the difference between diagnosing an illness or disease and missing that one visual clue which would lead the physician to come up with a different prognosis, or diagnose something else altogether, incorrectly at that. Now, the kind of lighting used depends on your specific doctor, that office, their budget and a number of other factors. In general, look for bright LED light bars which are light, mobile and effective at illuminating a target.

Effective lighting fixtures could be even more important to dentists than doctors, since the former works predominantly in dark spaces (the inside of the mouth). These professionals especially need mobile, bright lighting, which  is why they often use swiveling spotlights and have patients lie back to get the greatest exposure to said lights. Dentists might benefit more from Whelen Light Bars than other people because of their intense need for intense spot lighting. That doesn’t mean other people won’t find them useful though – if you have something to brighten up, they will do the job wonderfully.

Lighting and MedicineProper lighting is crucial to quality health care, whether we’re talking about injuries to the body, infections, cavities or just about anything else that can go wrong for a person. Of course, lights won’t reveal everything. Some illnesses which can’t be seen or touched, like mental illnesses, won’t be any easier to see for a bright light. That should be a given, but I’m just going to say it like that anyhow, just to be sure people understand. There is no doctor or dentist who wouldn’t benefit from a bright LED light system though, and that’s the point I’m really trying to make here.

Oddly enough, bright lights will actually cause many kinds of medicine to degrade over time, which is why pills of all sorts recommend you store them in cool, dark spaces, away from intense heat and light. This is especially common with dermatological drugs which are notoriously susceptible to extreme light, temperature and moisture. These are good things to keep in mind the next time you go to visit a doctor or dentist at a physical location. If the office is bright but nothing is stored properly, that’s a huge red flag to pick yourself up and find another physician.