The Dangers of Using Thermal Energy Batteries During a Vaginal Examination

Physicians need light sources they can trust during a vaginal examination. These light sources will illuminate the examination area in order to aid the physician, yielding more accurate detections and a streamlined experience. In the past, thermal energy batteries have powered a variety of medical devices. That being said, their reliability as a safe energy source has wavered over the years.

What is thermal energy?

Thermal energy is one of the most commonly used energy sources to-date. It is the result of particles moving within an object, creating an emission of heat. When thermal energy is stored, it can be used to power a plethora of devices. This form of energy storage is seen in batteries, including lithium-primary batteries.

How are lithium-primary batteries used in medicine?

Lithium-primary batteries are made from a combination of lithium and carbon, and they are often used to power a variety of household electronics. These thermal batteries are durable, non-rechargable, and typically boast a high shelf-life. Although a seemingly cost efficient energy source, lithium-primary batteries are proving to be problematic in medical settings.

When it comes to gynecology, lithium-primary batteries can be used to power external light sources. These external light sources will guide physicians during a standard pelvic examination. Like any other battery, lithium-primary batteries need to be stored in safe conditions to preserve performance potential. For example, lithium-primary batteries are prone to chemical leakage and capacity depletion. A physician should not have to worry about patient safety or unreliable lighting during a pelvic exam. Additionally, lithium-primary batteries can release harmful chemicals if not disposed properly; however, regulations for the use and disposal of lithium-primary batteries vary by state. They are essentially an archaic energy source in the medical world and are starting to be phased out of specialized medicine altogether.

Gynecology is moving towards chemiluminescence.

Chemiluminescent light is a safer and more environmentally sound alternative to traditional batteries. Chemiluminescence does not use harsh chemicals or batteries, many of which require special handling in order to dispose. Chemiluminescent light requires no exothermic reaction. A chemiluminescent light cartridge remains perfectly cool to the touch and safe throughout its activation. The chemicals in the light cartridge contain no substances that are toxic. Chemiluminescent light chemistry proves to be the simplest and most cost-effective light source available to physicians. Gynecologists can rely on chemiluminescence to provide clear, diffused light to the examination area.

The SpecuLume EZ, a single-use, plastic speculum with chemiluminescence, supplies true intravaginal lighting, reduces the environmental impact of traditional batteries, and increases both physician and patient satisfaction. This advanced speculum developed by Cyalume Medical streamlines the interaction between the physician and the patient, as there is no need for sterilization after use. The SpecuLume EZ’s effective design and efficient chemiluminescent technology was made to outperform any traditional speculum on the market. To learn more about the benefits of the SpecuLume EZ, please visit Cyalume Medical.

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