Cusco Screw Type
- Easy to transport and storage, thanks to its smaller size;
- Most common specification;
- Commonly used in endoscopy.
Penderson Push-Pull Type
- Used for narrow vaginal canals;
- Narrow double blade duckbill;
AccuQuik Vaginal Speculums made of a smooth plastic material and is obviously thrown away (through proper disposal techniques) after use. This alternative to the traditional speculum has the following advantages, among others:
- Efficiency – As this instrument is for one-time use only, it’s now a matter of disposal after inspecting one patient and using another for the next. There’s no need for sterilization processes, which translates to zero downtime between patients;
- Comfort for the Patient – The disposable vaginal speculum is made of a smooth plastic material, which interacts well with lubricants and is not as rigid as its metal counterpart. This translates to a more comfortable experience for the patient who would normally dread the cervical inspection part of her check-up;
- Significant reduction in the risk of contamination – As it’s pre-packaged, there’s virtually no risk of contamination due to cross-patient use and improper sterilization;
- Savings in terms of sterilization equipment and other expenses – Using disposable vaginal specula eliminates the need to purchase an autoclave (which also needs to be maintained), spend for training and wages of personnel specific to sterilization, and other related expenses.
Choose the right size speculum.
Smaller speculums will not always be the best choice; the most comfortable speculum will be the one that fits the best.
If using a metal speculum, make sure that the speculum is warmed to body temperature before usage with warm water. Coat the speculum with lubricant.
Separate the labia minora and insert the speculum blades into the vagina with the blades facing parallel to the table.
After the speculum is fully inserted, you may open the speculum.
After the inspection is done, release the blade so that the speculum closes. Withdraw the speculum slowly and gently.
- Do not touch the blades of the vaginal speculum with your hands prior to insertion;
- Wear standard protective clothing such as a lab coat and disposable gloves;
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after use;
- Do not allow the Pap smear test to be cross-contaminated with other materials;
- Sterilize the speculum before use and clean thoroughly after use.