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General Awareness and Knowledge of HPV: Do You Know the Facts?

General Awareness and Knowledge of HPV: Do You Know the Facts?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can have serious implications on the long-term health of both men and women. However, most people know very little about the dangers, symptoms, and means of transmission for this potentially dangerous illness. Until recently, it was not uncommon for patients to learn of the existence of HPV when…

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Why Poor Illumination Can Put Your Patients and Your Business at Risk

Lighting does more than illuminate; it boosts form and function, improves safety and security and establishes a favorable environment for work. Operating rooms (OR) around the globe use different lights ranging from decades-old lights to modern technology lights to meet their illumination needs. OR professionals require appropriate surgical lighting-without shadows and glare- to accurately conduct…

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The High Cost of Patient Discomfort

The High Cost of Patient Discomfort

In busy clinics and hospitals, doctors must work efficiently to stay on schedule. Here in the U.S., the average length for a doctor’s appointment is 20 minutes. In the world of fast-moving medical care, patient comfort cannot fall through the cracks. Doctors rely on RNs, LPNs, and Medical Assistants to help patients feel at ease during appointments. In…

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Top 5 Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate

Top 5 Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate

In surveys conducted by the American College of Physicians, an alarming percentage of patients reported discomfort with routine pelvic exams. A median of 35% of women experienced pain and discomfort, while a median of 34% reported pain, embarrassment, and anxiety. Women who experienced these negative outcomes from pelvic exams were less likely to return to that provider…

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3 Ways Single-Use Devices Protect Your Practice From Liability Claims

Nowadays, lawsuits against medical practices are no longer solely based on medical errors in treatments. They also include how patients perceive a practice and how they feel they were treated – or mistreated – by the healthcare providers at a practice. Effects of Liability Claims Although this may seem irrational, it’s the reality. The implications…

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The Top 7 Reasons Why Small Practices Should Switch to Single-Use Medical Devices

As the owner or manager of a small medical practice, you likely do everything you can to deliver a safe, superb patient experience while controlling costs. But with limited staff and resources, achieving this goal can be an intimidating task. Fortunately, the availability of single-use medical devices now makes reaching this goal easier than ever….

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Pelvic Exams: Uncomfortable but Necessary for Female Patients

Annual medical checkups are critical to helping women maintain optimal physical health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists call these well-woman visits. These appointments give doctors an opportunity to speak with patients about minimizing medical risks. The physicians tell women about preventive services and screenings. They perform routine screenings to catch cancers and sexually transmitted…

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Unreliable and Unpredictable: Reusable Medical Devices’ Real Cost

When it comes to health care, Americans make frequent use of available facilities and treatments for a wide range of ailments: While hospital admissions have decreased in recent years, about 35 million Americans are admitted to a hospital every year. One in five Americans visits the emergency room annually. Nearly 85% of Americans have contact with a health care professional in a…

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Top 3 Risks of Cross-Contamination from Reusable Laryngoscopes

In 2017, the FDA released a list of reusable medical devices that “currently have the greatest risk of infection transmission and inadequate performance if not adequately reprocessed.” This list included laryngoscopes. The handling of cross-contaminated reusable medical devices poses a risk not only to patients but to healthcare facilities and their sterile processing departments. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) already…

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The Top Ten Reasons to Equip Your Staff with Vaginal Exam Kits

Over 60 million pelvic exams are performed in the United States every year. The majority of these procedures unfold as planned with little disruption to regular scheduling. However, productivity and revenue can be stalled when the devices and supplies needed to perform pelvic exams are missing or in need of maintenance. Fortunately, a growing number…

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