Whether operating in combat support hospitals or at New Jersey’s busiest trauma center, Dr. John Chovanes has always been an advocate for Enova Illumination LED Surgical Headlights
As a Trauma and Emergency Surgeon at Cooper University Hospital’s Trauma Center in New Jersey as well as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Chovanes has seen a wide range of trauma injuries. Shedding Light sat down with him to discuss his practice, the kinds of injuries he sees, and why he uses Enova Illumination’s LED surgical headlights.
Shedding Light: What kinds of injuries do you see most?
Dr. Chovanes: I’ve seen all kinds of trauma injuries as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps and as a Trauma and Emergency Surgeon at Cooper University Hospital. I’ve completed three tours of duty at Combat Support Hospitals in Tikrit, Iraq and Khowst, Afghanistan. The Trauma Center at Cooper University Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is one of only three level 1 trauma centers in New Jersey. As a regional center, Cooper admits nearly 3,000 trauma patients each year making it the busiest trauma center in the state. I see patients who have been involved in motor vehicle crashes, falls and acts of violence such as gunshot wounds. I regularly operate inside all body cavities including deep vascular and heart and chest and perform large vessel repair.
Shedding Light: How does lighting impact your ability to perform surgery?
Dr. Chovanes: The type and brightness of surgical light is important. I need very bright, natural light to see into deep cavities and to clearly distinguish tissues and organs. LED surgical lights are bright from edge-to-edge, not bright in the middle and dimming toward the edges. Having consistent bright light is crucial in trauma surgery because of how rapid the operation is—there is no pause in operation.
Shedding Light: When did you find your first Enova Illumination headlight?
Dr. Chovanes: I was one of the early adopters. I first saw Enova’s first LED surgical headlight at a convention booth in 2005, I believe. The Halo 6000 was the first Enova headlight I used. Now I use the Iris D-200; its illumination is adjustable up to 200,000 lux, which is the brightest surgical headlight I’ve ever used.
Shedding Light: Why do you prefer Enova LED Surgical Headlights?
Dr. Chovanes: They are so powerful and lightweight they become part of you…like your own skin. And, they’re portable, which allows me to move quickly. I’m not tethered by a power cord and can move around the operating table without unplugging or moving a cord. The digital battery pack is lightweight too. I am usually in surgery from 30 minutes to 2 hours and the battery pack stays fully charged.
Shedding Light: How often do you use your Enova headlights each week?
Dr. Chovanes: Every day. I use my headlight in surgery and at patients’ bedsides. That has become standard at the Cooper Trauma Center. We have a couple Enova headlights at the hospital.
Shedding Light: What kind of surgical headlights had you used before switching to the Enova headlights?
Dr. Chovanes: Fiber optic and overhead lights.
Shedding Light: What lighting conditions did you encounter while on your tours of duty?
Dr. Chovanes: The Combat Support Hospitals had portable operating rooms with lights. The lighting was okay but the Enova’s LED surgical headlight made it better for operating. The headlight was also valuable as an augment to lighting if we lost power.
Shedding Light: Have you recommended Enova LED surgical headlights to your colleagues?
Dr. Chovanes: Yes. As I said earlier, we have a couple of the Enova headlights at the hospital and I’d like more. They are easy to use, lightweight and portable, and the quality of the light is superior.
*Note: As LED and lithium ion technology has improved, Enova Illumination has replaced the Halo headlight with technologically advanced models.