Lifebox surgical headlight
In a recent survey of surgeons working in low or middle-income countries, 48% indicated their facility experienced frequent power outages (Forrester et al. 2017). Even in facilities with a functioning backup generator, there is a lighting gap when switching from mains to generator power.
Poor surgical lighting represents a major patient safety issue in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with 80% of surgeons in such environments reporting their current lighting is inadequate for performing safe operations, and 18% reporting knowledge of a patient harmed due to unsafe lighting.
Lifebox estimates that every year 24 million patients in low- and middle-income countries are at risk due to inadequate or unreliable lighting during surgery, representing a major patient safety issue. While surgical headlights are commonly used in operating rooms worldwide, they are not accessible or affordable for most surgeons in LMICs.
Our aim is simple – to save lives, avoid cancellations of essential and emergency surgery due to lighting problems, prevent unnecessary deaths from unsafe surgery and to empower surgical teams in low-resource countries with a robust, low-cost headlight to be used during operations. Lifebox worked to design, develop and test a sturdy, fit-for-purpose surgical headlight.
More than an essential practical tool in itself, the Lifebox Light is conceived as a tool that improves safe surgical practices in LMICs and is a vehicle for surgeons’ engagement in teamwork/communications leadership programs, particularly WHO surgical safety checklist implementation
Prototype but not yet marketed or available for regular use
Forrester, J.A., Boyd, N.J., Fitzgerald, J.E.F. et al. Impact of Surgical Lighting on Intraoperative Safety in Low-Resource Settings: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Surgical Providers. World J Surg 41, 3055–3065 (2017)