Usability Study of a Novel, Self-Lighted, Disposable Speculum: Military Applications
Authors: Jones, Christina L.; Gruber, Daniel D.; Warner, William; Buller, Jerome L.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 178, Number 4, April 2013 , pp. e489-e492(4)
Study design: Data collected from a postutilization questionnaire were used to evaluate the usability of the OfficeSPEC disposable vaginal speculum, specifically the effectiveness, efficiency, and acceptability, in clinical, hospital, and austere environments. Results: Usability data analysis showed the OfficeSPEC speculum had an effectiveness rating of 4.6/5, efficiency rating of 4.5/5, and acceptability rating of 4.6/5; overall usability in deployed environments was favorable. The overall rankings were 3.4 for plastic, 4.2 for metal (p < 0.001), and 4.5 for OfficeSPEC (p < 0.001). Cost analysis of the OfficeSPEC placed the disposable speculum as a reasonable alternative with yearly cost of 129,200, compared to traditional metal (209,100) and plastic (319,175). Conclusion: By evaluating the OfficeSPEC speculum within a usability framework, it proved to be practical, viable alternative in all environments, particularly in the forward deployed environment.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 2013
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