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The High Cost of Patient Discomfort

The High Cost of Patient Discomfort

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 25, 2019 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / April 18, 2019 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / March 18, 2019 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / March 7, 2019 /

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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Out of Darkness, Integrated Light: Reducing Errors During Anoscopy Procedures

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 27, 2019 /

One of the fastest ways for doctors to determine the presence of anal and rectal disorders ranging from hemorrhoids and inflammation to polyps, foreign objects, tumors, and infection, is the anoscopy. This relatively simple examination saves time, money, and mistakes in just a few minutes of observation. Anoscopy can determine whether the patient has a disorder…

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Unreliable and Unpredictable: Reusable Medical Devices’ Real Cost

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 18, 2019 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 6, 2019 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 28, 2019 /

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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Are Your Medical Devices Up to Code? 14 Tips to Implement ISO 13485:2016

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 21, 2019 /

In Spring 2018, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would revise its Quality System regulation for medical devices. The federal agency said it would use the existing requirements and specifications of ISO 13485:2016. An international consensus of experts developed these standards to manufacture medical devices. The FDA says the revisions would harmonize domestic and…

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7 Ways Integrated Light Sources Can Reduce Error During Anoscopy Procedures

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 14, 2019 /

For years, medical professionals have relied upon traditional light sources when performing procedures that require examination of a patient’s anus or lower rectum. In recent years, the introduction of single-use anoscopes that feature an integrated light source has revolutionized these types of procedures by reducing the risk of infection and optimizing convenience for medical providers.…

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