Multifunctional foot control for phacoemulsificationWhat is the most widely performed operation worldwide? Answered correctly on "Who wants to be a millionaire?" this question could quite probably win you a five figure sum. As a candidate, your best chance of winning would be to have an opthalmologist friend waiting at the other end of a phone line, since the correct answer is cataract treatment. In Germany alone, around 600,000 cataract operations are performed each year, and in this field phacoemulsification is becoming increasingly important.
This gentle procedure makes high demands on a surgeon's ability to concentrate, however, as well as on the ergonomics and precision of the man-machine interface. Steute's foot control panel, which the company's medical technology division developed for a leading manufacturer of phacoemulsification devices, lives up to these expectations 100 percent.
The user's foot rests on a central pedal which can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically. The pedal travel and the strength necessary to actuate the pedal can be set to suit. Surgeons are thus able to configure the foot control panel according to their own needs and wishes, enabling them to concentrate on their work without tiring. Four additional actuators can be operated like 'rockers' using the tip or heel of the foot, meaning that the foot controls can be fitted with eight switches in total.
The incorporation of the foot control panel within the overall device control was so tight that the individual functions vary depending on the operating mode selected. This made it possible to restrict the number of operational parts to a minimum - another important requirement for concentrated and intuitive use of such a complex device.
Signals are transmitted wirelessly via a wireless protocol especially developed by Steute for the field of medical equipment. By removing the need for cables, both ergonomics and hygiene in the operating theatre are improved. Steute has now included a new series of phaco-control panels in its standard product range. This series, which also has an outstanding ergonomic design, can be adapted to suit the requirements of device manufacturers, including availability in corporate design colours. Both wired and wireless versions can be provided. Another option is to combine the panel with an additional laser switch from the Steute range. Steute says this is the variant of choice for combined phacoemulsification and retina treatment.
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