Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Simple Cross-Contamination Prevention Tactics Your Medical Practice Can Instill

In a world where germs and contaminants are of utmost concern, medical practices should be keen on all attainable cross-contamination prevention tactics. From standardized sanitation to modern technology, medical professionals and facilities would benefit from implementing a safe and effective cross-contamination prevention strategy. Before diving in, it is important to understand how contaminants spread and […]

Why Your Practice Should Eliminate the Use of Reusable Speculums

Since the start of standardized women’s healthcare, clinicians have relied on reusable speculums to facilitate vaginal examinations. Reusable speculums are typically made of a sturdy material, like metal or surgical steel. Benefits to using reusable speculums include a reduced environmental impact and reduced material costs. Although these medical devices are still used by some women’s […]

Can Poor Lighting Affect the Success of a Pelvic Examination?

Proper medical lighting is necessary in order to conduct a successful vaginal examination. Ample illumination, seen through various light sources, is expected to illuminate the examination area in order to aid the clinician, streamline processes, and increase detection accuracy. Knowing this, clinicians must ask themselves if poor lighting can severely disrupt or completely deter a […]

Technological Advancements Designed to Fight Cross-Contamination Throughout Gynecology

The last decade has seen an intense shift in the use of technology throughout medicine. Digital systems and innovative devices have been integrated into everyday practices at women’s health facilities. This technology brings about many operational and administrative benefits; but perhaps the most relevant benefit of all is technology’s ability to help fight cross-contamination during […]

Which Features Matter When It Comes to Choosing a Speculum?

Speculume EZ

Women’s health clinicians need to stock up on medical devices that promise an elevated performance and facilitate successful vaginal examinations. A speculum, the common medical tool used on female patients, should provide specific features that help streamline a standard pelvic exam. Which features matter when it comes to choosing a speculum to use throughout your […]

The Consequences of Using Metal Speculums on Patients

Metal Speculum

The metal speculum is still a commonly used medical tool among women’s health clinicians. Benefits to using a metal speculum include its sturdy material, its seemingly low economic impact, and its effect on medical waste consumption as a whole. Metal speculums have been used by physicians for decades; however, the medical tool still presents its […]

Top Questions Asked by Patients Before a Vaginal Exam

A routine vaginal, or pelvic, examination is conducted by a physician that will visually and physically assess a woman’s reproductive organs. Most exams will check the same organs. Healthline specifically states they will likely review the woman’s vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, etc. A standard vaginal examination can be conducted at a medical clinic, […]

How Do Disposable Speculums Fight Cross-Contamination?

Modern medical devices and equipment pose many benefits to physicians. They can streamline a patient’s examination and yield more accurate results when basic tools are not sufficient. In gynecology, speculums are “critical” devices used to complete a thorough examination. That being said, speculums have come a long way since the device’s origin. Although a certain […]

What are the Different Sizes and Types of Speculum?

Understanding Features and Benefits of Each Speculum Type Typically made of plastic or medical, the cervical speculum is a tool developed in the 1800s and used still today by OB/GYNs. There are other types of speculum, such as the nasal variety, used to remove foreign bodies from body cavities, but those will not be our […]

What is the SpecuLume?

What is the Cyalume Speculume?

Or, What is a vaginal speculum and how does chemiluminescence increase its effectiveness? A traditional vaginal speculum, made of metal or sometimes plastic, consists of a hollow cylinder with a rounded end that is divided into two hinged parts. Somewhat resembling the beak of a duck, the vaginal speculum was created by J. Marion Sims […]