Surgical Tracking Lamp

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Surgical Tracking Lamp: A lamp that tracks the doctor's eyes to determine the ideal light position

College Station, United StatesCollege Station, United States
Year Founded:
2017
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Not Applicable
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Surgical Tracking Lamp is the next level of surgical assistance. Using a motion sensor system in the doctor’s eyepiece, the Surgical Tracking Lamp would self-adjust to keep the patient within its light. This could save critical time in a procedure, making the difference between life and death.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if surgeons did not have to risk contamination, accidental bumping, or the waste of precious seconds that it takes to adjust a surgical lamp?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Surgeon lamps currently do not follow the surgeon’s eyesight. Because of this, anytime the surgeon moves locations that he is working on, he could be left working in darkness until he adjusts the lamp. This means that the surgeon must either constantly adjust the lamp or operate in subpar lighting conditions. Either of these situations could slow down the surgeon or even cost the life of a patient.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our tracking lamp solves this issue by allowing the lamp to follow the surgeon’s eyesight. The surgeon wears a special set of eyeglasses that track his eyes to see where he is looking. The lamp then automatically moves to follow where the surgeon is looking. With this innovation, surgeons would never have to stop working to adjust a lamp, or work in less than optimal lighting conditions.

Awards

This project is currently in idea stage and has received no awards.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Consider a surgeon is attempting to save the life of a woman who was in a car accident and has internal bleeding. The surgeon rapidly prepares the table for surgery and begins to operate on the patient. The internal bleeding is coming from the bottom of her small intestine and the top of her left lung. Because the bleeding is coming from areas of the body so far away, each time the surgeon moves from one area to the other, she has to stop to adjust the lamp. Sadly, this time lost cost the patient her life. Consider again this scenario with our tracking lamp. The surgeon was able to quickly work on both areas of bleeding without having to move her lamp. This saved her valuable time and she was able to save the patient’s life.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The chance of dying within two months of a surgery is 1 in 28. The reasons for this are varied, but it is known that if surgeries were faster, more efficient, and more precise, lives would be saved. Surgeons performing in poor lighting conditions are more likely to make mistakes. While those that take the time to constantly readjust their lamps take longer. Thus, the patient requires more anesthesia and suffers more blood loss. Based on these facts, if the tracking lamp were implemented in operating rooms around the world, thousands of lives could be saved each year. Truly this could be a huge impact on thousands of people and their families and friends.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Moving forward, we hope to contact a design firm to build a prototype of our design. After vigorous testing of the prototype and various adjustments, we will contact thousands of hospitals throughout the US to pitch our invention to them. When hospitals see the effectiveness of our mechanism and its potential to save lives, we hope that hospitals the world over will buy our product.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As it currently requires no budget, we hope to start a GoFundMe and seek funds from foundations once our idea gets off the ground.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Currently, the only other alternative for surgical lighting that adjusts to the doctor is head mounted lighting, but that can be too much of a pinpoint light for certain situations and can be clumsy to work with, and may also be temporarily blinding if the surgeon were to look at another doctor. The Surgical Tracking Lamp would prevent these issues, as well as the issue of doctors having to personally adjust the light, costing vital seconds in a procedure, that stems as a result of typical surgery lamps today.
Team

Founding Story

Our group was brainstorming one afternoon and thought of a new invention, a lamp that tracks the user’s motion and the subject matter, and self adjusted to provide the best lighting with no glare, without the user having to adjust at all. We conducted a search, and realized that there were no products like this on the market. We thought more and more about the applications this innovation could have, and then suddenly we realized we could make a difference in the operating room by applying the design to surgical lamps. We hope this product can one day save lives in hospitals the world over.

Team

Currently our team consists of 6 Texas A&M University Students who have all worked on the idea and future potential of this product. Our team consists of students across many majors and encompassing the engineering and business knowledge to make this product successful.