Category Archives: Cross Contamination

How the Risk of Cross-Contamination is Changing Medicine

Since the dawn of medicine, cross-contamination has been a threat to patient and physician health. Those involved with a medical procedure or examination had a high chance of being exposed to harmful bacteria, especially if the environment or tools used during each interaction were not deemed safe. The only difference between then and now is […]

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 […]

How Can the SpecuLume EZ Save Your Practice Money?

Cyalume Medical’s SpecuLume EZ, the single-use chemiluminated vaginal speculum, can provide physicians, patients, and medical practices with an array of key benefits – like the benefit of being cost-effective. This modern medical device was specifically designed to combat cross-contamination, increase patient comfort levels, and increase patient turnover. That being said, how exactly can the SpecuLume […]

The Benefits of Using Individually Packaged Medical Devices

Single-use medical devices are individually packaged. This means they are ready for use without having come into contact with other medical devices, equipment, or contaminants. These devices are intended to be used once on a single patient and immediately discarded as medical waste after an examination. What are the benefits of using individually packaged medical […]

Common Sterilization Risks Clinicians Should Be on the Lookout For

A medical practice must enact routine sterilization procedures in order to safely use reusable medical devices; however, there are specific risks associated with modern chemical sterilization. More specifically, excess chemicals can pose risks to staff members and patients during the sterilization of reusable speculums and reusable batteries. Common sterilization, also known as reprocessing, risks can […]

The Evolution of the Vaginal Speculum

Medical innovations have the opportunity to transform the institution of medicine, and more importantly, individual patient lives. Specific technology, equipment, or devices can have long-term impact on the way medical examinations are completed. Join Cyalume Medical as we review the evolution of one of medicine’s oldest medical devices: the vaginal speculum. The Birth of the […]

What Drives Physicians to Opt for Single-Use Medical Devices?

Reusable devices versus single-use devices: that is the age-old battle when it comes to medical inventory. Each individual medical practice will have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both options; however, many will find that single-use devices are universally preferred among physicians across a variety of healthcare specialties. What drives physicians to choose single-use […]

The Dangers of Biodebris and Medical Device Contamination

Now more than ever, cross-contamination is a legitimate concern for those individuals operating small or large medical facilities. Cross-contamination occurs when biodebris containing harmful properties is carried over to another host. Bacteria and contaminants can spread to staff members or patients through physical contact, airborne spread, respiratory droplet transmission, or physical objects. Sterilization can help […]

How to Reduce Costs Throughout Your Medical Practice

Costs to operate a medical practice can be expensive. Traditional fixed expenses include employee payroll, office space, insurances, medical technology, and equipment. Variable expenses may include marketing, professional development, or industry memberships. When almost every aspect of your establishment seems like a necessary expense, how can you afford to cut costs without cutting the quality […]

Why Should Your Practice Use Disposable, Individually Packaged Medical Tools?

Single-use, or disposable, medical devices are universally preferred by physicians and medical staff. These tools are individually packaged, meaning they arrive without having come into contact with other devices or contaminants. These devices are intended to be used once on a single patient and immediately discarded as medical waste after an examination. Why should your […]