Alternative Surgical Environments
Beyond the hospital
Natural disasters and global conflicts are a key driver for humanitarian assistance, resulting in thousands hurt or displaced by weapons of war or the wrath of Mother Nature.
Militaries as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and World Health Organization (WHO), frequently provide aid through humanitarian missions for disaster relief, treatment of conflict zone casualties and support of healthcare and surgical facilities in resource-limited countries.
Field hospitals are set-up in inhospitable environments to support advanced interventions like surgical care. Mobile surgical teams work in tents, makeshift buildings and underground shelters where electricity supply is frequently disrupted or non-existent.
Teams must also be sufficiently equipped with sterile surgical instruments and consumables, which are frequently pre-packed in emergency or surgical kits.
Surgeries performed include simple to complex procedures such as basic trauma care, emergency thoracotomy and laparotomy for bowel injuries.
Challenges faced in Surgical Field Hospitals
Lack of access to standard operating theatre equipment
Non-existent or disrupted electricity and water supplies
Lack of access to trained healthcare workers
A Dependable, Highly Portable Light Source
All surgeries performed in field hospitals are open surgeries where surgical lighting is imperative. When electricity supply becomes frequently disrupted or non-existent, such conventional surgical lighting equipment, amongst others, becomes undependable and oftentimes unusable.
Therefore, a self-powered, highly portable sterile surgical light source would be especially vital, particularly one that can be used regardless of its operating environment.
KLARO™ is a compact and portable battery-powered surgical lighting device that delivers consistent illumination directly within deep surgical cavities. Supplied sterile, KLARO™ can be used conveniently for all types of open surgeries, allowing for high visibility when operating in challenging surgical environments.
Find out more about KLARO™.
Global Humanitarian Overview 2022: https://gho.unocha.org/trends/conflict-remains-major-driver-humanitarian-need
Biswas S, Veen H. Surgery in a Field Hospital. In: Bar-On E, Peleg K, Kreiss Y, eds. Field Hospitals: A Comprehensive Guide to Preparation and Operation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2020:148-159. doi:10.1017/9781316493489.016