Proper lighting is necessary to successfully completing a vaginal examination. Whether that lighting is external or is included in the design of a medical device, it must be present while a gynecologist is performing an exam. Insufficient lighting can lead to dangerous liabilities that affect the physician’s performance. No matter how experienced or educated a physician is, improper tools will be the ultimate downfall to a vaginal examination.
How does improper lighting affect a gynecologist’s performance?
Medical lighting was invented to aid a physician or staff member during a procedure. Lighting can help the individual navigate an examination area, uncover details that would otherwise remain hidden, or ease the stress that comes with examining a patient.
Like any other typical examination area, the vaginal examination area requires sufficient lighting to be fully exposed. Poor illumination will not allow the physician to view delicate details or crevices that can reveal important examination results. Additionally, low lighting can put a strain on the physician’s eyesight, making it even harder to view the examination area. This can lead to tissue confusion, unnecessary pinching, or incorrect tool placement. Proper lighting will provide the guidance a gynecologist needs to complete an examination successfully.
Medical lighting can uncover details of the examination area that would otherwise remain hidden. For example, alarming discoloration or uncommon swelling can be disguised in plain sight. An illuminated examination area will reveal patient health conditions that can be stopped at once.
When a physician examines a patient, he or she may experience a slowdown in productivity if medical tools are not up to date. Time can accumulate when the physician decelerates to adjust for low lighting. The physician may experience fatigue due a lack of lighting, which also contributes to the time it takes to complete an examination.
What is the best lighting to perform a vaginal examination?
Illumination included in the design of a medical device proves to be the highest performing lighting option. More specifically, chemiluminescence provides the perfect lighting to complete a thorough vaginal exam. Chemiluminescent light inserts emit a no-heat glow for at least 15 minutes, delivering ideal diffused light for gynecological examinations. The insert is an environmentally friendly and patient-safe light source. Typically, the physician will be able to simply discard the light insert, along with the entire single-use speculum, as medical waste.
By combining the brilliance of chemiluminescent light with the functionality of a disposable speculum, the SpecuLume EZ is capable of forever changing the way physicians utilize intravaginal lighting. This single-use, disposable speculum provides optimal diffused light to the examination area without batteries, electricity, or external sources. It elevates the physician experience by supplying true intravaginal lighting, reducing the environmental impact of batteries, and increasing patient satisfaction.
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