Zambia, Bolivia, and Honduras are all beautiful countries. But they are also countries with some of the poorest medical care in the world. Every year doctors and dentists volunteer their time and skills on medical mission trips for a week or two. The time spent isn’t a vacation. In fact, mission surgeons and medical personnel work nearly around the clock to evaluate patients and perform surgeries.
Over the years, hundreds of doctors and dentists have used Enova LED surgical headlights on medical mission trips. They’ve gone to Central America, South America, Asia and Africa, often traveling with nonprofit organizations such as Operation Smile, Healing The Children, Sharing Resources Worldwide, Cascade Medical Team, Smile Network, Anidaso Health and others.
“The Enova Mission Program has always been important in our own company mission,” says Enova Illumination President Roger Heegaard. “For the past eight years—soon after Enova Illumination began as a company—we started donating LED surgical headlights to surgeons going on mission trips.”
The number of medical mission trips continues to increase each year. In the first month-and-a-half of 2014, Enova has already donated 12 surgical headlights for mission trips.
According to Jim Nelson, Enova’s Director of Sales and Marketing, “We try to keep a number of used headlights on hand to donate for mission trips. When I started with Enova, we were donating an older model—the D-100. As we’ve come out with newer headlight models, what is available for mission trips has evolved too.” Today, surgeons requesting Enova surgical headlights for mission trips are likely to receive the Iris S-100, the Iris D-200, which is the world’s brightest LED headlight, or the XLT-125, Enova’s newest and most popular headlight.
Why are Enova LED surgical headlights so great for mission trips?
“First, you have to realize that mission surgeons are working in poor, rural and remote communities,” says Jim. “We know surgeons like how portable and robust our headlights are; they also appreciate the long battery life.” Enova’s larger battery pack, the B4X, can last up to 24 hours when used with the Iris S-100, up to 12 hours when used with the Iris D-200, and up to 24 hours with the Enova XLT-125.
Two orthopaedic surgeons—Dr. Ken Noonan and Dr. John Faust with the University of Wisconsin Health Clinics—recently returned from a medical mission trip in Siguatepeque, Honduras. “We performed 35 surgeries on our trip and the [Enova] headlights were essential to performing these surgeries safely,” wrote Dr. Faust in an email. “The operating rooms lights were not nearly bright enough and did not focus their beams. Your headlights were bright, lightweight, and very comfortable to wear. They also had excellent battery life and lasted the entire day on a single charge.”
“We’re happy to hear from surgeons such as Drs. Noonan and Faust,” says Roger. “We support the work surgeons do on mission trips and want them to be successful. As long as there are surgeons doing mission work, we will donate LED surgical headlights.”