The increase in patient visits in the emergency departments in the U.S. compelled hospitals to look for cost-effective tools that would help clinicians give the right care while also meeting strict regulations. The search allowed them to start using disposable single use medical devices, such as a disposable speculum with light.
A disposable speculum with light is cost-effective
The old-school speculum needed sterilisation after every use and costs as much as $1,500. Add to this price the annual cost of its cleaning solution as well as the time it takes for staff to inspect it for damage. The entire process could take two hours per day.
A disposable device changes this process, as it could easily come out from the package and ready to be used and disposed of after a single use. The device’s ease of use and disposability help hospitals eliminate the costs and maintenance of cleaning and reprocessing reusable devices. Single-use devices offer the same type of quality minus the upkeep.
A disposable speculum with light helps avoid cross contamination
Evidence shows that disinfected medical devices may not be as clean as once thought of. A hospital in Dallas, the USA back in 2010, once had to notify 73 of its female patients of possible exposure to infectious agents due to a vaginal speculum that was improperly sterilised.
A disposable product used on a single patient, however, is thrown out once opened. Therefore, cross contamination risk is almost zero. Infection control is maximised while excellent care to patients is delivered.
All in all, a single use disposable medical device, especially one that possesses a built-in source of light, not only means less time to wait, it similarly removes the preparation required to use it thereby allowing medical doctors to deliver quality medical care in as little time possible.