by Francois Burman, MSc, PrEng / June 2016
There is a commonly held belief in hyperbaric medicine that fluorescent lights should not be used near hyperbaric chambers. The premise of this belief is one of the following: (1) fluorescent light can damage the acrylic; and/or (2) fluorescent light can cause the hyperbaric patient to have a seizure. This article discusses the issues with fluorescent lighting; and serves as a guide to help with selecting a light source for hyperbaric chamber rooms.
At the conclusion of this article, the reader will be able to:
- Identify the spectrum of light emitted by fluorescent fixtures.
- Identify the spectrum of light that can harm acrylics
- Explain potential health issues caused by fluorescent lights
[CHT] This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for 0.5 Category A credits by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.
CHT re-certification requires a minimum of nine of the minimum 12 Category A credits relate directly to any combination of hyperbaric operations, related technical aspects and chamber safety.
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