Poor quality lighting is often a cause of medical errors. When the physician and nurses cannot see clearly, the treatment procedure can be slowed down and often result in unintentional mistakes. The current lighting system in emergency departments does not provide sufficient and quality light for the doctors, nurses, and staff. There is also not an efficient lighting system to provide ambient mood lighting for the patientís comfort. The problems can be divided into two parts:
Many scientific research studies have documented the effects of lights and colors on health. Light is important in the emergency department, not only for medical treatment procedures but also for the health of the patients and staff. Light has been shown as a main regulator of the human circadian rhythm through the action of melatonin. When the light and dark light cycles are unbalanced, the melatonin levels are perturbed, causing symptoms of poor sleep quality, increased in sleep disturbances, lack of alertness, seasonal depression, and immune deficiencies. Seasonal depression symptoms can be alleviated through light therapy, and its benefits are of equivalent to taking anti?depressant medications.
Colors also have profound effects on our body. Many research studies show therapeutic benefits of using blue and red lights in the treatment of depression, eating disorders, cancer, and healing wounds. Current lighting products on the market do not provide an integrated system that would provide working lights as well as ambient mood lighting. The existing colored?light technologies are often very cost?prohibitive. Our team designed the Balek lighting system with the following benefits:
The Balek Lighting System provides solutions to the identified problems and satisfies all the criteria needed for an efficient and practical lighting system. Future improvements would be to implement RFID technology in LED lights. This technology would allow for automatic detection of motion, and deliver focal lighting from various angles to the area detected with high levels of activity. The Balek lighting system is an attractive lighting fixture that can be applied to the healthcare field, both in an inpatient and outpatient treatment room setting. Other design considerations include: