The Importance of a Standardized Pelvic Examination

A pelvic examination is a routine medical screening of a woman’s reproductive organs. This particular exam helps physicians evaluate abnormalities in the rectum and pelvis and source any causes of pain, bleeding, or discomfort. During this short exam, physicians perform a manual uterine palpitation of the vagina, cervix, ovaries, and uterus. Although the pelvic exam is just one component of a complete physical exam, it still plays an important role in evaluating a woman’s reproductive health.

Most patients know pelvic examinations are valuable, yet many women continue to put off annual pelvic screenings. Why exactly should women schedule routine pelvic examinations?

  • A pelvic exam assesses gynecological health, meaning the physician will screen the pelvic area for ovarian cysts, early-stage cancers, sexually transmitted diseases, and uterine fibroids.
  • A pelvic exam helps diagnose serious medical conditions. Unusual symptoms, such as pelvic pain, irregular discharge, or excess bleeding, can signal a dangerous condition.
  • A pelvic exam can help monitor a pregnant woman’s health and the progress of her pregnancy.

That being said, pelvic examinations are intended to be standardized across the board. This means a pelvic exam should follow certain guidelines in order to meet patient expectations as well as preserve patient and staff health. Why is standardization crucial to a successful pelvic exam?

  • Standardization accelerates the time it takes to complete a pelvic exam and increases patient turnover. Physicians will have more one-on-one time with patients to discuss procedures, conditions, or future exams.
  • Standardization lowers risks of cross-contamination. By following a strict procedure, physicians will experience less room for error and deliver a safer examination.
  • Standardization enforces general health protocols that can be applied to other operations throughout the practice. From simple action items to the type of inventory a medical practice carries, standardization can further streamline a practice’s day-to-day happenings and maintain an advanced understanding of health and safety.

One way to establish standardized pelvic examinations is to stock your practice with modern medical equipment, devices, and tools that can keep up with protocols. More specifically, physicians can benefit from using a disposable speculum to safely examine a female patient. Cyalume Medical’s SpecuLume EZ, the single-use, chemiluminated speculum, is a safer alternative to a reusable speculum. It seamlessly avoids harmful chemicals that pose health risks to patients, reduces risks of cross-contamination or infection, and is easily disposable after one use. Its patient-safe light source, a chemiluminescent light insert, emits a no-heat glow for up to 15 minutes; and it comes bundled with the plastic speculum in one individual package.

Let us help you provide your practice with top-of-the-line single-use devices. Visit Cyalume Medical to request a sample or learn more information regarding the SpecuLume EZ.

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