Philips to introduce hospital lighting at Arab Health 2012

Maastricht University Medical Centre Patient Room with Philips HealWell Lighting

At Arab Health 2012 Philips will launch HealWell, lighting for hospitals designed to help care providers enhance the healing environment in patient rooms.

HealWell combines the positive, regulating biological effects of light with the creation of a pleasant atmosphere for patients.

In a field study conducted with Maastricht University Medical Cente in The Netherlands, HealWell has been shown to enhance patients’ sleep duration and reduce the time needed to fall asleep during hospital stays.

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“HealWell is focused on helping hospitals enhance the healing environment for their patients. It has thus been based on patient and staff evaluations, and research that validates its effects on health and well-being. At Philips, we combine our expertise in lighting and our knowledge of light’s effects on the body to offer hospitals a complete lighting solution adapted to their needs,” said Paolo Cervini, general manager, Philips Lighting Middle East & Turkey.

Existing scientific research has shown that high light levels during the day help to regulate the human biological clock and sleep wake rhythm. HealWell recreates the benefits of natural daylight to regulate patients’ sleep and improve well-being to support the recovery process.

It provides gradually varying light levels during the day, as if on a sunny day outside. It also offers ambient lighting that can be controlled by the patient to create a pleasantly-lit environment, while providing good quality working light for staff.

A study of the effects of HealWell was conducted with 200 patients in the cardiology department of the MUMC in cooperation with the Clinical Trial Centre, Maastricht over a 9-month period.

The study showed a statistically significant improvement of patients’ sleep duration and a reduction of time needed to fall asleep. Moreover, patient and staff satisfaction improved with the HealWell lighting solution, when compared with rooms equipped with existing lighting solutions.

“The use of lighting to improve patients’ health and well-being is a new area of research but a more attractive environment definitely helps patients to feel better. Mental state is an important factor affecting the prognosis in cardiac patients, and light could have a positive influence on this and the patient’s health in the long run, although this is an area that requires further investigation.

“The positive outcome of the clinical validation study demonstrates the value of Philips’ HealWell solution in helping hospitals to enhance the healing environment and support their patients’ recovery,” said Dr Petra Kuijpers, cardiologist at the Maastricht University Medical Centre.

Arab Health will take place between January 23-26, 2012, at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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