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    Default Medical use

    My wife is a Nurse -Practitioner. In the earlier days of LED flashlights she was not impressed as when she
    would use them they would alter the color of whatever she was inspecting....open wound, skin tones, etc.

    Lately, she seems to be OK when looking at inner ears, some lesions, etc.
    I have two FENIX lights, Upgraded Maglites [140 lumens], and an Ultrafire.
    They all seem to now be OK with her.

    I wonder what Paramedic and medical folks here are using and their comments about
    LED flashlights used for medical purposes?

    Thanks

    Cactus Man

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    Default Re: Medical use

    Not really sure if this will help you at all, however I had thought that it may be worth a try. I entered the word "medical" in to the Google Search CPF Only box situated at the top left of the page, and here are the results that it came up with. A few of them looked as though they may be of some assistance to you! Hope it helps some!

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    Get her something from Peak with Nichia 219.

    219's neutral beam tint and plus high color rendition index will allow your wife to perform inspections as if sunny daylight was shining.

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    The 4sevens High CRI Preon 2 would be ideal for her

    http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....24fe40d2a5964c

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    I needed something for a similar application. About my background: Apart from my daytime job I am active for the red cross as volunteer in civil disaster protection. I am not a fully qualified paramedic with ample experience but at least I got some above average first aid training. We are trained to assist the professionals in large-scale disasters. So please do not take my post as expert opinion but just as personal thoughts.

    In my jacket I carry a Preon II High CRI. I never need the maximum brightness, low and mid are plenty enough. But if you need more power it's a nice bonus to be able to light up a whole room with it, if needed. The "ballpen" size and operation make it comfortable to carry and use. The foursevens High-CRI preons have a very warm tint (quite yellow/orange).
    I do also have a neutral and a cool white Preon II (gotta love this light). I tried all of them and the warm high-CRI light is IMHO the best for rendering different red shades as with human skin or when looking in a throat.

    However please do *not* use this light for a pupillary reflex test! My instructor told me that LED lights are normally too bright for this application and to remain safe should be avoided. I also asked an oculist about this showing him my Preon and he also confirmed that he regards even the low setting as too bright for a pupil test. For this use he recommended special, cheap incandescent diagnosis lights (also ballpen style powered with 2xAAA).
    We have these diagnosis lights in our first-aid backpacks, so there's no need for me to carry one in my pocket.

    My second light in my jacket is a Quark "X" 123≤ tactical, set to medium and maximum. This is not for use on a patient but for general use and orientation.
    Last edited by Lucciola; 08-07-2012 at 02:42 PM. Reason: corrected English medical term

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    Quote Originally Posted by ico View Post
    The 4sevens High CRI Preon 2 would be ideal for her

    http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....24fe40d2a5964c
    Agreed 100% !!! Great advice! make the move.....it will be a much better light than what is offered by current manufacturers.

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    A modified Surefire A2 (incandescent) hybrid with Calipsoli's (variable) aftermarket 5mm LED ring fitted out with high CRI LEDs would be really sweet, a FiveMega Strion upgrade (if able) would be beneficial as well IHMO


    Quote Originally Posted by Lucciola View Post

    In my jacket I carry a Preon II High CRI.

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    I do also have a neutral and a cool white Preon II (gotta love this light).

    However please do *not* use this light for a pupillary reflex test! My instructor told me that LED lights are normally too bright for this application and to remain safe should be avoided.

    Never have been a fan of shining lights into people's eyes (for pupil reactionary tests) I've always preferring to utilize the edge of the beam's corona and shade with my palm to vary brightness... each to his own I guess
    Last edited by M@elstrom; 08-07-2012 at 05:48 PM.
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    Streamlight makes a ProTac 1AA EMS that has three levels: 3.6, 10 & 50 lumens. I got for an EDC because I like the fact that it starts out on low instead of high. I've carried it for over a year now as my EDC, and it has worked well. Most of the time I don't even feel it in my pants pocket, and it hasn't worn a hole in anything either.
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