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Nursing student invents wearable light to improve night time patient care

Nursing student Anthony Scarpone-Lambert has created a device so that nurses can operate in the dark instead of turning on lights which may wake up patients. It’s a small wearable light called the uNight Light.

The device is a LED headlamp that you can wear on your chest. The device has different light modes with specific purposes. The white light setting offers clear and targeted light for examining important vitals while the red light setting is milder and is less disruptive to sleeping patients. The blue light setting promotes alertness and can be used to gently wake up a patient, rather than flipping on bright overhead lights. 

A 2019 study found that 44 percent of nurses perform care in darkness to avoid the disruptions that light causes to patients’ circadian rhythms. This new device now solves this issue.

All the light settings have a targeted light source so medical workers can examine patients and move about the room without shining a light in their eyes. Scarpone-Lambert and co-founder Jennifferre Mancillas raised $50,000 for their start-up, Lumify Care, to bring the light to the market. The light currently retails for an affordable $22. 

Over 400 nurses tested out the light with 90 percent finding it helpful and they have 1,500 orders for their products so far and will begin shipping them out next month. 

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