SPECULUX is a range of single use, disposable, self-illuminating Vaginal Specula for use in examination, diagnosis and treatment in associated feminine healthcare.
Designed with both users and patients in mind, the SPECULUX range of vaginal specula use crystal clear, anatomically correct, smooth plastics for maximum patient comfort with a powerful feature set for the user including:
For the user and the patient. With the number of recorded incidents of specula shattering in use on the rise, it’s worth considering the value of superior materials that minimise such risks. The upper beaks of all of our specula are made of biologically inert PMMA (Poly(methyl methacrylate)) 'Acrylic glass', chosen for its clarity and strength, with the lower beak made of inert polystyrene resulting a highly transparent product with extremely low friction surface. Our product hinges use a dedicated design approach with hinge pins designed to release under extreme force, such that, rather than breakage occurring the beaks simply close together.
After use the entire product can be thrown away; this reduces procedure turnaround times, and more importantly significantly reduces the cross infection risks. Every product use is with a brand new product. All EVEXAR products, including PROCTOLUX can be thrown away after use. There is no need for any disassembly of the product, the entire product is disposable, including the integral light pack. While the light pack in PROCTOLUX contains batteries to power the LED, these batteries are alkaline only, so don't contain any of the heavy metals found in most batteries and can be safely disposed of as contaminated clinical waste.
Irrespective of the above, and based on local waste disposal policies you may not wish to dispose of batteries in the waste stream. The light pack can be separated from our products manually if required.
We've also been asked about potential fire risk from shorting batteries. Part of the design brief included short circuiting the battery packs and monitoring the effect. Short circuiting fully charged cells only increased the battery case temperature from ambient (25° C) to 44° C.
One of the challenges for visualisation of the site is ensuring a clear, well illuminated field of vision. The majority of the products we reviewed before designing the ‘LUX’ range either lacked any illumination or relied on external power supplies connected to bright light sources at the proximal end of the device. While such sources produce strong illumination at the user end, the actual light delivery can be much reduced before it makes it to the examination site. Worse still, stray light from some sources further interfered with a clear view of the site. Other devices offered no light source - possibly a free penlight which was intended to be used repeatedly case after case.
We found that traditional light sources can be the cause of much frustration in use, wires for power supplies can be inconvenient, sometime dragging on the device, also the light sources and cables need to be cleaned and disinfected before reuse to avoid the risk of cross contamination, taking costly time, and generally requiring investment in a number of light sources/cable sets to minimise downtime but adding further capital costs. Penlights provide less illumination, and require intensive cleaning and disinfection to avoid cross contamination hazards.
All of our products include a self-contained light source and delivery system. Light is generated in the device handle and then transmitted up a light guide to ensure maximum delivery at the site of interest. The light source is an intense LED guaranteed to maintain maximum brightness for 30 minutes – far longer than the procedures the products are designed for. There are no cross contamination issues, the entire product, including the light source can be safely disposed of in the clinical waste. This also removes the need to duplicate costly light sets, and the need to clean and disinfect wires and light sources between cases.
Our light source has a stated shelf life of three years making this an ideal product for situations where immediate and consistent performance is required - even after a couple of years at the bottom of a medical pack, making all our products suitable for all use environments, conventional examination and procedures, doctors' surgeries, A&E, ambulance home visits.
All our specula (irrespective of the closure type) are available with smoke tubes used for the evacuation of gases and aerosols generated by the use of diathermy is another example of the thoughtful design that goes into all our products. A patented clamp within the handle retains and directs the smoke tube, ensuring the specially formed tube end is correctly placed for maximum effect, while importantly the connector of the tube is placed at the base of the handle. Thus, when connected, the vacuum tube does not apply torque or twisting motion to the speculum.