Operating theatre

Lighting for sensitive procedures

The operating theatre is the heart of the hospital, a place where several disciplines meet – with different prerequisites and demands. The ambition is always to perform the procedures as quickly and effectively as possible, so as to minimise any possible complications for the patient.

A calm environment 

In the operating theatre, all attention is focused on the one person who may not even remember being there – the patient. A modern operating theatre is multifunctional and cross-disciplinary, and every staff member in there has a specific duty. Not only must the theatre be designed to facilitate workflows and ensure a clinically clean and antiseptic environment, it must also be an approved and functioning workplace.

1. Lower lighting levels in the pre-op waiting area create a sense of calm for the patient.

The pre-op waiting area should have calm lighting as the wait just before surgery can be a stressful situation for many patients. With a relatively low level of warm light along the walls, we create the conditions for the patient to feel calm while providing sufficient light for staff to conduct pre-op preparations. 

Different types of procedure 

Even though many surgical procedures are quite routine, the requirements for the technical equipment are always equally strict. Good visibility is essential if healthcare staff are to assess situations with certainty and carry out procedures safely. As such, it is of the utmost importance that the technology is reliable. 

2. In open surgery, the entire room is illuminated strongly to reveal colours and skin tones as naturally as possible.

Surgical procedures are performed using different techniques, each requiring a particular set of instruments and settings. Open surgery requires special luminaires with an illuminance of up to 100,000 lux to light the area being operated on.

3. Keyhole surgery uses green light behind the screen, white light over the patient's face and orange light as a transition between the green light and the white light. This creates good contrast against screens, offers better visual comfort and reduces the risk of metamerism.

The lighting in the rest of the operating theatre, on the other hand, is adapted to create good working light and facilitate the staff's visual needs. RGBW solutions enable us to ensure visually safe operating theatres tailored to modern healthcare standards. The lighting can be altered to best suit different tasks and situations by selecting clear and intuitive options presented on a display.