Innovation is more than just adaptation. When it comes to medicine, innovative practices have the opportunity to truly transform an institution and individual patient lives. Medical innovations can also impact unique specialties, including gynecology. Here are a few of the latest innovations revolutionizing traditional gynecology.
Single-use medical devices are becoming increasingly popular among gynecology offices. They are efficient alternatives to traditional devices that require lengthy sterilization processes. More specifically, single-use speculums significantly decrease risks of cross-contamination among patients, gynecologists, and office staff members. How does a single-use speculum minimize the risk of cross-contamination? When a reusable speculum is not cleaned properly, blood and tissue can linger on the device. This causes the possible transmission of infectious diseases between patients or physicians, leading to illness or even death. A disposable speculum is intended to be used once on a single patient. It streamlines the pelvic examination, avoiding patient discomfort and physician frustration. If the device is recyclable, the physician can safely dispose of the device after use.
Telehealth is one of the newest innovations sweeping gynecology. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “telehealth refers to the technology-enhanced health care framework that includes services such as virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, and mobile health care.” Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), medical professionals have had to offer alternative forms of examinations that eliminate unnecessary in-person contact and crowding. Telehealth has proved to be a reliable tool for those patients seeking medical assistance, but not needing immediate physical attention. Gynecologists can use this technology to increase patient turnover, decrease equipment costs, and decrease the risk of outside contamination within the office.
Chemiluminescence provides optimal diffused light to a pelvic examination area like never before. Traditionally, clinicians would use external lighting or battery-powered LEDs during an examination. This lighting often needs to be constantly adjusted, routinely cleaned and disinfected between uses, or carefully stored when not in use. External light sources are not ideal solutions for physicians who seek to operate an efficient medical practice. 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 a patient-safe light source. The physician will be able to simply discard the light insert as medical waste.
Thanks to Cyalume Medical’s SpecuLume EZ, gynecology has reached new heights. The SpecuLume EZ is now the first single-use vaginal speculum to provide chemiluminescent illumination. Chemiluminescence does not rely on any external power sources, and it is designed to provide consistent results regardless of setting or access to electricity. This disposable device is recyclable and safe for the environment.
The SpecuLume EZ is capable of forever changing the way physicians conduct a pelvic examination. It combines the functionality of a disposable speculum with the brilliance of chemiluminescent light. This innovation falls in line with the future of medicine, further elevating the patient and physician experience. Learn more about how the SpecuLume EZ is transforming gynecology by visiting Cyalume Medical.