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Are single-use tools the future of health care?

Are single-use tools the future of health care?

Single-use health care devices have become increasingly popular among medical professionals in recent times. According to a report from Medical Design Technology Magazine, demand for single-use tools continues to grow every year, by some 6 percent on average

And as the overall cost of healthcare increases – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reported a 5.3 percent spending increase in 2014 across the whole industry – single-use tools could become even more popular in the future. But why exactly? What makes single-use devices the preferred option for a growing number of medical practitioners? Review the guide below to find out:

1. Cost
As outlined above, the cost of healthcare is rising nationally, for both consumers and medical practices. That's why a growing number of health care professionals are opting for single-use devices. These one-time-use tools are more cost-efficient in the long run, because they can save physicians the time and money spent on sterilization efforts and more general upkeep of the tools. Single-use devices are convenient and time efficient and allow patients to be seen more quickly, allowing for more patients to be seen on a daily basis, boosting the bottom line.

2. Decreased risk of cross-contamination
With reusable medical tools comes the risk of cross-contamination: MRSA bacteria can be more easily spread leading to hospital-acquired infections among recovering patients after surgery, and there is even evidence that the human papillomavirus can spread to patients using reusable vaginal speculum tools. This is because, according to a study from researchers at Brigham Young University, the methods of sterilization on reusable tools are ineffective at killing certain strains of HPV that can lead to various forms of cancer- particularly cervical cancer and other cancers in and around the genital region. The results noted that the HPV strand 16 in particular demonstrated a clear ability to survive the disinfection process that typically occurs in the doctor's office or operating room. 

"HPV is resistant to most disinfection efforts."

Furthermore, MRSA fueled HAIs are, according to Infection Control Today, becoming more sophisticated and resistant to medications that have been used to kill them in the past. Employing single-use devices eliminates this unnecessary risk – a risk that an increasing number of physicians are beginning to agree simply isn't worth taking.

Single-use devices are more efficient and easy to use, meaning that surgeons and physicians are able to treat more patients in a day.Single-use devices are more efficient and easy to use, meaning that surgeons and physicians are able to treat more patients in a day.

3. Easy to use
Single-use tools are typically much easier to use and are therefore more efficient. Consider the reusable range on offer from OBP Medical. Tools, such as the single-use lighted vaginal speculum, come ready to use, with no assembly required. The tool also comes equipped with a built-in LED light source. Once used, the tool can be safely disposed of, even with the light still running. Physicians save considerable time and energy with single-use devices, especially when it comes to product assembly, maintenance and sterilization. 

OBP Medical can help
OBP Medical provides an extensive range of single-use devices, aimed to improve the efficiency of you medical practice, and most importantly, ensure that your patients are at the lowest possible risk of contracting an HAIs or HPV. For more information about the devices available from OBP Medical and for free samples, click here

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