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The Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate Most

The Design Flaws in a Traditional Speculum That Your Patients Hate Most

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 21, 2021 /

Finding a patient who looks forward to a vaginal examination is about as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack. Women tend to dread virtually every aspect of the vaginal examination from the moment they enter the waiting area until the completion of the exam. If there is a bright spot during the whole…

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Cervical Cancer Encouraging News: At-Home HPV Test Shows Promise for At-Risk Communities

Cervical Cancer Encouraging News: At-Home HPV Test Shows Promise for At-Risk Communities

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 23, 2021 /

For women who lack readily available health care services, the cancer statistics are often deadly. They are why we raise the question: is an at-home HPV test that shows promise for at-risk communities important? The short answer is a resounding yes. For example, studies show that black women exhibit a higher rate of the disease and often…

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Hospital Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

Hospital-Acquired Infections: Are Your Cancer Patients at Risk?

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 9, 2021 /

Hospital-acquired infections are a growing health risk. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of risk. For cancer patients, this is a particular risk. as patients with cancer have a greater risk of severe COVID-19 a with the death rate increasing from 2.3% to 5.6%. The risk is even higher when cancer involves the lungs.…

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Is Telemedicine Practical for Plastic Surgeons?

Is Telemedicine Practical for Plastic Surgeons?

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 19, 2021 /

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, telemedicine is becoming a major growth industry. While not everything can be handled remotely, the growth in telehealth services is ensuring that virtual appointments can be performed securely and safely. So, is there a practical way plastic surgeons can use telemedicine? While, obviously, surgery can’t be done remotely, there…

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Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share with Your Patients

Cervical Cancer Statistics to Share With Your Patients

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 15, 2020 /

It’s hard to talk about cervical cancer in a lighthearted tone. Or, perhaps it’s more challenging to hear about cervical cancer in a lighthearted manner. There’s a good chance you’ve lost at least one family member to it. Fifty years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of death among American women. Since then, we’ve come a long…

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Reduce Cross-contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

Reduce Cross-Contamination Risk at Hospitals With Single-Use Plastic Devices

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 10, 2020 /

Plastics have historically been vital to healthcare, but environmentalists are calling for their removal. They perceive mountains of plastic waste from our hospitals. Environmentalists view single-use devices as wasteful and poor for the environment. The problem is that they are also vital. The healthcare industry does need to take a look at plastic use, but…

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The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

The Importance of Timely Screening for Cervical Cancer

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 14, 2020 /

Cervical cancer kills women. In the US, nearly 4,300 women perish from cervical cancer every year. About 14,000 more will be diagnosed with the disease — and untold thousands live their lives undiagnosed until it’s too late. Globally, cervical cancer is far more prevalent and dangerous in developing nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cervical cancer is the fourth…

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The Top 7 Benefits of Standardizing Exam Procedures with Medical Kits

The Top 7 Benefits of Standardizing Exam Procedures With Medical Kits

By Kelly Ottaviano / May 18, 2020 /

Many medical experts agree that standardization is key to improved safety and healthcare. However, well-defined processes within and between healthcare organizations continue to be one of healthcare’s biggest problems. The good news is that you can put your medical facility on the fast track to improved patient safety by making the switch to individually packaged,…

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Top 6 Errors and Oversights in Vaginal Exams That Are Caused by Bad Equipment

Top 6 Errors and Oversights in Vaginal Exams That Are Caused by Bad Equipment

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 9, 2020 /

While being a routine procedure, vaginal exams may result in complications. Errors and oversights caused by bad equipment aren’t uncommon. Something as basic as a speculum could become the cause of unfortunate consequences. With high-quality pelvic exam equipment available on the market today, many clinics still prefer using traditional tools. Let’s go over several problems…

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The Value of Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy in Evaluating Female Health Abnormalities

The Value of Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy in Evaluating Female Health Abnormalities

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 17, 2020 /

Hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy are methods modern gynecologists and obstetricians use to diagnose and evaluate a vast range of female health abnormalities. As a medical professional, you already know that your patient’s initial complaints may be of abnormal or excessive bleeding, severe cramps, difficulty conceiving, or spotting in postmenopausal women. You also know that hysteroscopy can…

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