Do you know how to determine if your speculum kits are safe for your clients? Though incredibly knowledgeable people in other areas, a lot of the colon hydrotherapists that we asked weren’t sure. Here are a few essential things to look for in speculum kits – and to expect from your manufacturer:
- That the speculums are bio compatibility tested. This process ensures that the materials used to make the speculums will not cause an adverse reaction in the humans that they come into contact with.
- The speculums and hoses are made from DEHP and BPA free materials.
- The speculums are disinfected before packaging.
It is quite easy to understand the importance of points one and three above, but let me expand a bit on point two.
Health Canada describes DEHP as follows:
“A chemical additive that is used to soften a wide variety of products made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). A number of scientific studies have reported DEHP leaching out of PVC plastic into fluids with which it comes into contact… Exposure to this chemical has been shown to cause a wide range of adverse effects, including developmental and reproductive toxicity…”
Health Canada describes BPA as follows:
“BPA is a chemical that is used to manufacture a variety of medical devices… Prostate cancer, obesity, reproductive toxicity and other adverse effects have been observed… following low level exposures to BPA.”
So, how do you know if the speculum kits that you are using fulfill the above essential requirements? The best way is to make sure that your manufacturer is an US FDA / Health Canada / EU registered manufacturer of medical supplies and that they follow and are certified to internationally recognized manufacturing standards such as ISO or the United States’ Food and Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). On that note, Prime Pacific Health Innovations is proud to uphold these regulatory approvals that attest to their commitment to the highest quality and safest product available.