Growing your medical practice, especially your gynecology practice, comes with its triumphs and challenges. You, along with other medical office managers, may struggle to balance the needs of staff members with inflexible budgets. Your staff needs resources to complete safe, comfortable, and successful patient visits. Your patients rely on staff members to be properly trained and to offer appropriate patient care. All of these crucial aspects can be overwhelming to handle. Thankfully, advancements in medical technology have allowed practices of all sizes to reap the rewards of single-use medical devices.
Single-use medical devices provide countless benefits to small practices. Compared to reusable devices, they tend to be cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and most of all, safe.
To save on costs, consider opting for single-use medical devices. Reusable devices are required to be sterilized with specific detergents before and after each use. That means, your practice will need to purchase an autoclave, purchase disinfectants, pay to train staff members, pay to test equipment, pay for bookkeeping, and pay for miscellaneous inventory. A single-use device will ultimately reduce long-term expenses and save your flourishing practice thousands of dollars annually.
Since single-use medical devices do not require thorough sterilization, there is no need to introduce additional harsh chemicals to the medical practice’s environment. Some of the detergents or solvents used during sterilization processes often contain harsh chemicals, including proven carcinogens and mercury. These chemicals can compromise the safety of your patients, your staff members, and your small practice’s general workspace. Additionally, a single-use device will come with its own respective packaging. If you opt to stock up on a particular single-use device, you can choose to invest in one that is packaged in eco-safe, recyclable material.
Patient safety should be a main priority when it comes to growing a medical practice. Therefore, small practices should be educated on the many safety risks reusable devices present. As soon as a reusable medical tool is used on a patient, it becomes contaminated with microorganisms. When a reusable tool is not cleaned properly, it can result in the retention of blood and tissue on the device. This causes the transmission of infectious diseases between patients, leading to illness or even death. The risk of cross-contamination at a gynecologist’s office can be significantly reduced by single-use devices. Physicians will use the device once on a single patient. Once used, they can safely dispose of the recyclable device.
Gynecologists can trust Cyalume Medical to provide top-of-the-line, disposable devices that work with a practice’s budget. More specifically, Cyalume Medical’s SpecuLume EZ is a single-use, illuminated vaginal speculum that is a preferred alternative to any reusable speculum. For more information about the benefits of the SpecuLume EZ, contact the Cyalume Medical team.