The Economic Value of Using the Disposable Speculum with Light

Medical personnel preparing tools for an operation

In the past, quality healthcare was unaffordable to many people. Today, with the help of the government and medical insurance, there has been a steady increase in the number of individuals utilising medical care services. And things are yet to get better with time; yes, better for patients.

How better?

Healthcare providers like yourself read this situation a little differently. The upsurge in patient visits means a continued strain on the already strapped resources in your emergency department. But, there is a solution. Seek tools that are cost-effective and safe for use. Tools that your medical practitioners can use to deliver high-quality medical care at a faster pace and within the ever strict medical regulations.

The search leads to a migration

The search for high-end tools for medical practice has lead healthcare providers to migrate from reusable devices to single-use ones. A typical medical device is the vaginal speculum. With continuous developments, medical experts have realised a plastic, disposable speculum with light features that differ from the traditional metal types.

Is this single-use option cost-effective?

Many medical practitioners are still trying to figure out whether using this tool will give them a higher and faster return on investment. There are two primary factors you should note here. One, unlike with reusable speculums, this single-use version does not need an external source of light to illuminate body passages. This makes it more portable.

Also, considering total sterilisation expenses that come with using traditional reusable speculums (the cost of sterilising solution, equipment and ancillary items such as bulbs, and maintaining them, as well as of training staff and record-keeping), the cost per unit of a disposable speculum with light is low.

Change can be hard. But weighing the benefits of using innovative technology in the medical field against the cons of sticking to traditional tools can help you make a more informed decision on the devices to use in your practice.These benefits not only include workplace efficiency and patient engagement but also your return on investment.