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03. April 2017

Merivaara Q-Flow™ wins Red Dot for high quality design

The jury has reached its decision: Merivaara Q-Flow™ has received the distinction “Red Dot” from the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. With Q-Flow™, Merivaara Corp. has created an outstanding design now recognised with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.

Hospital associated infections are a global problem. For example, in one year in the United States such infections have been estimated to cause 99,000 deaths. The surgical light Q-Flow™ was designed to fight this issue. The shape of the light is optimised for an operating room’s air ventilation and to minimise air flow turbulence. This decreases unwanted particles in the sterile area and reduces the infection risk.

In addition, Q-Flow™ has several patent pending innovations to improve working conditions, such as with Intuitive Sterile Surgeon Control (Intueri™) the surgeon can adjust brightness and light diameter in a sterile and ergonomic way. With Dynamic Obstacle Compensation (DOC™) illumination automatically adapts to shadows in the light field.

The outstanding colour rendering properties give surgeons excellent definition of tissues and blood vessels and accurate skin colour. The green ambilite enables better visibility in dark rooms during endoscopic procedures while the 4K camera technology enables a more realistic and clear picture. Q-Flow™ reinforces Merivaara’s operating room concept, the heart of which is the easy-to-adapt intuitive user interface.

Jyrki Nieminen, Director of R&D at Merivaara: “Winning such a large, international award as Red Dot is a great honour for everyone at Merivaara. We have every reason to be proud of this recognition and how the design of the Q-Flow™ helps both patient safety and the work environment in operating theatres.”

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award: “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognised that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

Manufacturers and designers around the globe were invited to enter their products in the 2017 competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists tested, discussed and assessed each individual product. In total, the competition received more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries this year.

About the Red Dot Design Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organised by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at

About Merivaara Corp.:

Merivaara focuses on offering solutions for operating rooms, surgical departments and recovery. Additionally, Merivaara provides a wide range of other furnishing solutions for hospitals, day surgery and health clinics. Established in Finland in 1901, Merivaara has more than 115 years of experience in designing and manufacturing hospital-grade equipment. The user experience of our customers and uncompromised quality are at the heart of Merivaara’s company culture. When developing and designing Merivaara solutions and products, we focus on getting a better understanding of the demanding environment of the healthcare personnel. With simplicity, functionality and a more relaxing environment healthcare staff can concentrate on what they do the best – taking care of the patient, and not the equipment around them.

Press contact at Merivaara Corp.:

Media relations
Anne Kanervo
Mobile +358 40 652 6165

Press contact at Red Dot:

Catharina Hesse
Communications Manager
Phone: +49 201 30104-50

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