16 Apr LED Lighting and Hospitals: How the Technology Heals
This early spring outbreak of the flu, which seems to be effecting everybody around us (the author of this post included), got us thinking about the presence of LED lighting in the various medical fields. We have talked at length about its use in office environments and ICUs (intensive care units) to promote general well-being and high spirits to those near it. But that also got us thinking about other ways the technology can be used to promote health. After all, if LED technology has a tendency of making animals feel better, why shouldn’t it do the same with humans?
So while we were laid up, we did some research about this and found that LEDs actually have a tremendous amount of use in the medical field beyond just patient psychology. So we’re going to go over some of our favorite finds as the country starts to recover from the remnants of winter illness.
The biggest field that has benefitted from LEDs and their life-giving properties would be pain management. Hospitals all over the country have started putting LEDs in patient rooms, particularly those afflicted with arthritis, to basically give omnipresent healing. LED lighting has shown in numerous doctor’s studies to give bone and muscle patients a tremendous amount of relief, helping them deal with the effects of their ailment without needing to get “doped up.”
The reason for this is presumably because of light from LEDs being emitted at the ultraviolet level, but not at the same intensity as sunlight. As light passes through the skin, it gets absorbed by the muscle tissue, promoting stimulation. Have you ever had that sensation where you step outside on a sunny day and you suddenly feel awake? That’s the reason for this.
Staving Off Muscle Loss
This also helps deal with another malady that afflicts virtually any hospital patient that is there for an extended period of time. Imagine this: You go into the hospital with a terrible staph infection that you have to have immediate surgery on. The surgery goes well, but now you are laid up in bed with nothing to do except try to relax and watch a lot of TV. Once you get out, you can expect at least a month of physical therapy to get you walking again.
This is because you lose muscle mass in the hospital, particularly in your legs, due to the lack of circulation. But with LED technology mounted above your bed, the muscles will be stimulated enough that blood continues to flow through them. The effects of an extended bed-stay can be staved off immensely with some LEDs.
LED lighting is also useful in medicine for one other important reason: instrumentation. Hospitals, naturally, go through a tremendous amount of electricity to stay running. Everything from the monitors to the alarms to the advanced computer systems they use for recordkeeping now relies on electricity. As a consequence, these houses of healing are also houses of ozone, producing a tremendous amount of waste.
Yet in recent years, especially as LEDs continue to get ahead in capabilities and the number of applications, we have seen more and more hospital instruments using them for screens and various other functions. This creates huge improvements in their functionality and the usage of power. Hospitals around the world are reporting gradually decreasing energy usage since making the switch, which in turn leads to smaller bills.
Lowering energy costs would seem like enough to a normal reader. However, there is one more benefit of LED lighting that hospitals have taken advantage of that turns out to be indispensable: independent operation.
Unlike other forms of lighting, which rely on electricity to be present in order to operate at full capacity, LED technology does not. What this means is that you can cut off the main power supply from a hospital and yet the LEDs will continue to operate at maximum efficiency when emergency power activates. This will enable doctors and nurses to continue to work in regular lighting during emergency situations, such as during natural disasters.
All these things together present a compelling case for LEDs presence in the medical industry and hospitals. They make one wonder why exactly it is that so many people claim they are harmful to you when they actually provide a service to all mankind.
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