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#1 wrack

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 22:19

Hi,

 

I am planning to give a small gift to my cousin who is a neurosurgeon. I want it to be useful for him so I thought why not give a nice professional grade pen light/flashlight that he can use in his day to day life. Problem is I am not too sure about the medical standards or anything like that.

 

Can anyone suggest me something or get me a starting point?

 

Cheers :)




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Posted 21 January 2014 - 00:07

Hi,
 
I am planning to give a small gift to my cousin who is a neurosurgeon. I want it to be useful for him so I thought why not give a nice professional grade pen light/flashlight that he can use in his day to day life. Problem is I am not too sure about the medical standards or anything like that.
 
Can anyone suggest me something or get me a starting point?
 
Cheers :)


I suspect you're much better off with the most simple models. Important things that I'd consider are using AAA batteries instead of something more exotic, and fairly low brightness levels, since you don't want to burn out retinas. I'll throw out two models as a starting point.

http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B005NXPSTM/
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00AXH3XC2/

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 00:24

those look like good lights but usually devices like this usually have pupil sizes on the case 

 

i got this cheap plastic one for free when i ordered my stethoscope IMG_1928.png



#4 blerk

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 00:52

Hi,

 

I am planning to give a small gift to my cousin who is a neurosurgeon. I want it to be useful for him so I thought why not give a nice professional grade pen light/flashlight that he can use in his day to day life. Problem is I am not too sure about the medical standards or anything like that.

 

Can anyone suggest me something or get me a starting point?

 

Cheers :)

 

Not really any standards governing this sort of thing. 

 

Probably best not to get one that is too bright though. LED lights can hurt like hell :pinch: so people tend to prefer incandescents (Unless you want to be absolutely certain the patient is aware/alive :D). Also colour rendition can be a biggie with LEDs (blue tint), and therefore incandescents might again be preferred.

 

If you want to get the Rolls-Royce of medical penlights (which I don't really see the point of), get him/her this for ~$40 USD. 

Otherwise just get a medical penlight from ebay (one like Co_Co has) or just get a nice looking AAA incandescent light from anywhere. 



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 00:58

My Wife just has a typical $5 pen with a light on it and that's sufficient for her doctoring duties, actually come to think of it, I think we found it laying around lol. For a neurosurgeon any application requiring light will be of a higher quality than any pen you can likely get. If they were a GP or even, *gulp*, a proctologist; then I could possibly see the point.

 

Was there any indication they required such a present? It might be sort of useless to them. No offence.

 

(Edit: Actually going back to my Wives studies there was quite a few differentials for neural complications from a persons retinal responses. Perhaps a Penlight would be of use. Although having said that it's likely mandatory and they probably already have 20 of them)

 

Perhaps a carton of Beer?



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:04

Proctologists are now called Gastroenterologists.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:28

Thanks. I will check them out.

I suspect you're much better off with the most simple models. Important things that I'd consider are using AAA batteries instead of something more exotic, and fairly low brightness levels, since you don't want to burn out retinas. I'll throw out two models as a starting point.

http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B005NXPSTM/
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00AXH3XC2/

 

those look like good lights but usually devices like this usually have pupil sizes on the case 

 

i got this cheap plastic one for free when i ordered my stethoscope attachicon.gifIMG_1928.png

Thanks. He has already got them, by the dozens.

 

Not really any standards governing this sort of thing. 

 

Probably best not to get one that is too bright though. LED lights can hurt like hell :pinch: so people tend to prefer incandescents (Unless you want to be absolutely certain the patient is aware/alive :D). Also colour rendition can be a biggie with LEDs (blue tint), and therefore incandescents might again be preferred.

 

If you want to get the Rolls-Royce of medical penlights (which I don't really see the point of), get him/her this for ~$40 USD. 

Otherwise just get a medical penlight from ebay (one like Co_Co has) or just get a nice looking AAA incandescent light from anywhere. 

I suspected as much. I was looking for something like use 3200k light so the tissue colour does not look different.

 

My Wife just has a typical $5 pen with a light on it and that's sufficient for her doctoring duties, actually come to think of it, I think we found it laying around lol. For a neurosurgeon any application requiring light will be of a higher quality than any pen you can likely get. If they were a GP or even, *gulp*, a proctologist; then I could possibly see the point.

 

Was there any indication they required such a present? It might be sort of useless to them. No offence.

 

(Edit: Actually going back to my Wives studies there was quite a few differentials for neural complications from a persons retinal responses. Perhaps a Penlight would be of use. Although having said that it's likely mandatory and they probably already have 20 of them)

 

Perhaps a carton of Beer?

 No offence taken. No there was no indication. I just wanted to get him something nice.