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Do Away with Frequent Light Repositioning During Surgery

Updated: May 9, 2022

Every 7.5 minutes, an overhead operating theatre light is repositioned. When overhead lighting or surgical headlamps are repositioned, surgeons’ attention are disrupted 97% of the time.1 These adjustments can potentially affect important time points in surgery, with evidence suggesting a direct relationship between such distractions and a decrease in patient safety.2 Alarmingly, it can take surgeons up to 23 minutes to recover their concentration and productivity.3

The current focus on improvements for surgical lighting should be based on minimizing the need as well as the effort required for repositioning surgical lighting systems. These improvements can result in less disruptions and less distractions during surgery which in turn can contribute to better patient safety on top of more efficient surgeries.

How will KLARO™ cut down on frequent light repositioning and disruptions?

KLARO™ provides floodlighting directly at the surgical site, eliminating the need for frequent lighting readjustments. Its light strip can be intuitively and easily bent to achieve illumination angles of up to 340° within deep and narrow cavities, guaranteeing optimum light levels during the entire duration of surgery.

KLARO™ is also cordless and can be clipped to surgical drapes, minimizing disruptions caused by wires which restrict movements. An added benefit is that you can simply mount KLARO™ onto any handheld or self-retaining retractor and seamlessly transform your standard retractor into a lighted one, all without having any major change to current workflows.

Unlock superior surgeries and improve the quality of patient care with KLARO™.


1. Knulst AJ, Mooijweer R, Jansen FW, Stassen LP, Dankelman J. Indicating shortcomings in surgical lighting systems. Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2011;20(5):267-275. doi:10.3109/13645706.2010.534169

2. Sevdalis N, Undre S, McDermott J, Giddie J, Diner L, Smith G. Impact of intraoperative distractions on patient safety: a prospective descriptive study using validated instruments. World J Surg. 2014;38(4):751-758. doi:10.1007/s00268-013-2315-z

3. Mark G, Gudith D, Klocke U. The cost of interrupted work. Paper presented at: 26th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI ’08: Florence, Italy; 2008. Available at:


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