Keeping things critically clear

Photographer: John Rogers Image copyright: Sky and Hat Trick Productions

Photographer: John Rogers
Image copyright: Sky and Hat Trick Productions

You may well have seen the adverts for a new medical drama on Sky 1 HD called Critical.

This is a 13-part series set in a major trauma centre and each show covers one story, in one place, in one hour.

It’s a gripping medical and emotional rollercoaster but it’s also incredibly realistic – if you’ve seen it, you’re probably already hooked.

You might be wondering why this is news in a dental publication.

If you look a little closer, you’ll notice that during all surgical procedures the characters are wearing face visors.

Of course, this is essential costume attire for an authentic medical programme that portrays life or death medical treatment.

What you may not know is that these are Pegasus Face Visors, created by the UK dental manufacturer, Astek Innovations.

Critical‘s producer, Christopher Hall, explained why these face visors were chosen for the characters to wear: ‘The design concept of Critical was driven by two factors, we wanted at all times to depict a real medical environment, but also one at the very cutting edge of medical practice.

‘Pegasus Face Visors achieved just that; they protected both patient and doctor, while looking very sexy and ultra modern.

‘For film-making purposes there was the added bonus that the whole face of the actor was revealed to the camera rather than hidden behind an opaque mask.

‘This meant that the audience had no visual barriers between them and the character, useful also in the real world of medicine and dentistry where a sympathetic and open relationship between practitioner and patient is so important.’

The cast of Critical would also have benefited from the anti-glare properties of the visors as the camera lighting would not have caused any reflective dazzle on the material.

Not only that, the material also resists fog, keeping them perfectly clear throughout filming.

Astek Innovations designed Pegasus Face Visors using high quality materials to avoid glare and fogging so that vision is always clear for the wearer and to help maintain a trusting relationship with the patient.

They are suitable for all dental staff including dentists, dental hygienists and therapists, and dental nurses.


To discover more about the fully autoclavable Pegasus Face Visors, that are available in a wide range of colours to complement your dental practice scheme, contact Astek Innovations today on 0161 942 3900.

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