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New pocket LED diagnostic sets from Welch Allyn

Exactly 100 years since Welch Allyn invented the world’s-first self-illuminating hand-held ophthalmoscope, the company has launched a new Pocket LED set.

Medical professionals buying the new otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes can also enjoy a new, thoroughly 21st-century feature: the ability to personalise instruments with mix-and-match accessories in a choice of four colours - pink, white, blue and black - allowing clinicians to distinguish themselves, and their devices, from colleagues’.

However, there is more to these funky tools than just looks. The sets are also the only drop-proof-tested pocket devices on the market, while the coloured accessories serve as defensive bumpers, making them ideal for medics on the move as they travel from patient to patient.

The new instruments can be purchased individually or as a set and are available in two configurations – Pocket LED and Pocket Plus LED.

The ophthalmoscope offers a dioptre range of -20 to +20 and 7 apertures, and the otoscope a 2.5 x magnification and insufflation port.

Aimed at every medical professional in need of guaranteed quality, but at an affordable price, with an RRP of £180, the Pocket LED sets offer a pleasing, ergonomic design which fits comfortably in the hand. They are also the only pocket sets to offer advanced SureColor LED technology - patented by Welch Allyn - which provides true tissue colour rendition, thus aiding optimal first-time diagnosis.

The product is the lightest two-battery set on the market, as well as being long lasting in terms of battery life, with LED bulbs rated for up to 20,000 hours of use.

Karin Feit, category manager at Welch Allyn, said: ‘Customisation is an increasingly-widespread phenomenon among consumers, who can now opt for everything from cola bottles to trainers to be tailored to their needs. But, while our customers may demand ever more personalisation, we also know that they expect the highest quality from our devices. What we have delivered does all this, and more.”

While ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes are among Welch Allyn’s heritage products, these new products combine the best of its tried-and-tested qualities with a new approach to design with the Pocket LED format and range of configurations ensuring maximum flexibility.

“Busy health professionals have relied on our hand-held ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes for decades,’ said Jan McMeekin, regional manager for Northern Europe.

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“The initial response we’ve had indicates that these highly-portable new products are likely to prove as much of a hit with this next, increasingly-mobile generation.”