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Made by Makers and Odense University Hospital

Based on a wish to improve the lighting in operating theatres, Made by Makers and doctors from Odense University Hospital have worked together to create a light fitting and control panel for Ergonomisk Lys (ergonomic light).


The ergonomic light, which divides the operating theatre into colour zones according to their functional characteristics, has given staff better working conditions.

There is a need for better working conditions in the operating theatres. During keyhole surgery, the light in the ceiling is often completely switched off to avoid disruptive reflections on the monitors. Working in half-light for an entire day is stressful for most people.

Correct lighting is essential when anaesthetists, surgeons and theatre nurses perform their complex tasks. The anaesthetist needs to assess the patient's facial colour; the surgeon needs to see a sharp picture on the screen; the theatre nurse must be able to distinguish clearly between different instruments; cleaning staff must be able to see even the tiniest grain of dust, and the lighting should be pleasant for the patient when wheeled in and out in connection with the operation.

Hospital staff want functional, yet attractive products that also comply with the strictest requirements to safety and hygiene.

Ergonomic colour zones

The solution is to divide the operating theatre into ergonomic colour zones, each with its own functional characteristics. This creates a better working environment and increases efficiency in the different zones. The ergonomic light fitting is fitted to the ceiling in theatre wards and is therefore not clearly visible. The product is operated from the control panel, which therefore attracted most of the attention and resources during the development. The control panel fits into the hospital environment, is easily recognisable in the patients' rooms and in addition provides a high degree of functionality via a simple and intuitive user interface.

The solution improves the wellbeing of staff, and as a result increases their endurance while reducing the number of sick days. Patient safety is also increased.