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Lighting The Dark Corners: Medical Devices Brighten The World

Lighting The Dark Corners: Medical Devices Brighten The World

In most developed countries, the flip-click of a light switch, the hum of the heater, and the whir of a fan are sounds that constitute part of the ordinary day. We rarely think about how we create electricity, how much we need electric power, and the extent it controls our lives — until we lose due to a natural disaster or man-made interruption. Then the hum, buzz, and throb of machines providing power are deeply missed and their resumption anxiously anticipated.

Where there is no or intermittent electricity, the ability to survive minor illnesses and accidents, much less move on to a decent standard of living, is a considerable challenge. When it comes to medicine, power can make the difference between preventable deaths and possible survival. Whether in a dark hospital ER, crowded village clinic, or makeshift war zone triage, power is more than just important for healthcare. obp’s line of single-use medical devices that include their own light source means no longer relying on power in the event of a blackout or a situation with no electricity.

The big blackout:

  • Over one billion people worldwide have no regular access to electricity.
  • The largest number without electricity live in sub-Saharan Africa; 67% of households lack access.
  • Over 240 million people on the Indian subcontinent live without access to power.
  • The power problem is an American problem, too: on Native American lands, the 27,000-square mile Navajo reservation lacks electricity in more than 15,000 homes.
  • Those without regular access to clean sources of electricity often turn to fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuel strains the environment, which increases air, water, and land pollution. Additional, pollution emits hazardous chemicals that lead to cancer and asthma. Furthermore, fossil fuel can create accidental fuel leaks and spills that lead to more pollution, population displacement, injury, and death.
  • The lack of power access is so dire, the phrase “energy poverty” is used by scientists and economists to describe its far-reaching complications. These include problems with health, education, commerce, communications, farming, industrial growth, and economic advancement.

Where obp medical devices work beyond the doctor’s office

No power access at all:

Places with no access to power also have limited access to other basic necessities, including reliable supplies of clean food, water, and medicines. obp single-use medical devices provide a sterile, cost-effective means to supply many clinics, treatment rooms, and hospitals with readily available equipment. The single-use aspect prevents the accidental transfer of devices in poorly-lit areas. This decreases the chance of spreading of hospital-based infections, which require longer and more expensive treatment.

Intermittent power:

When electricity is unreliable, everything from complex surgery to simple dental procedures goes from routine to rocky. Thus, intermittent power endangers both patients and medical staff, wasting time and medicine while waiting for power to return. The use of obp’s long-lasting LED devices ensures light whenever and wherever it is needed. The self-contained devices need no additional wires, cords, batteries, or other fixtures for operation. Their use alleviates an already stressful situation. And the all-in-one design of our products is easy for one provider to use. This eliminates the need for a second pair of hands.

surgeon's hand holding medical devices during surgery

Natural disasters:

Last year’s powerful hurricane season brought devastation to large areas of the southeastern U.S., Puerto Rico, and several Caribbean nations. Months of flooding, power outages, and severe damage to major structures remain issued months after the storms Harvey, Irma, and Maria passed. The hurricanes destroyed medical facilities and ruined supplies. Furthermore, road and airport damage delayed the arrival of large shipments. In rural areas of the Caribbean, lack of fuel and blocked roads prevented supplies from reaching smaller villages.

Our illuminating medical devices are pocket-sized. Thus, emergency first responders can carry them easily into devastated locations. And, even with the brightest LED light source currently available on the market, our devices emit no heat, an advantage during the summer months in hurricane-prone regions. Parts of Puerto Rico remained without power over six months after Hurricane Maria. Thus, the delivery of basic medical care to clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and villages improves when doctors combine the tools of medicine with the power to see clearly.

Conflict-created situations:

In areas affected by human conflict, our single-use, self-contained devices transport easily in small bags and containers and fit into compartments and spaces designed to maximize storage. These include military field hospitals and triage units. The devices are clearly marked and easily identified by their intended use. So, they won’t draw attention during inspection as weapons or other harmful implements. Our implements’ single-use design means you dispose of the entire product, including the battery, as one unit. There is no need to remove instruments or parts from their point of use for specialized disposal or recharging. The ability to move both your power source and examination device together allows the patient to remain mobile. Mobility represents an important element of survival when working in an active conflict zone where sudden evacuations to safer areas are common.

obp integrates light and medicine as one, with our single-use devices combining the best in technology with LED illumination. obp devices not only deliver medical care but to transform it. Our implements offer practitioners the opportunity to diagnose, treat, and heal patients in places not served by fully operational power grids, or where no electricity has ever existed. Our products are available worldwide through your GPO representative or directly from our website. We offer medical providers peace of mind with their durability, availability, flexibility of use, and cost-effectiveness. More than 8,000 hospitals in the U.S. and many more facilities around the world use obp products. So you know we provide a lengthy and dependable record of use. Please contact us for more information and a free product sample. Find out why doctors put away their other lighted instruments once they try our devices.

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