Orlando Physician Assistant Invents Portable Pelvic Device for Exam Rooms Lacking Proper Equipment
Originally posted on FloridaMD.com on May 21, 2012. Click here to download magazine issue.
After years on the job witnessing the lack of available equipment to perform proper pelvic exams, local Orlando Physician Assistant, Pamela Gilley, files for Patent for her portable device, called Porta-GYN®, creating a new solution for exam rooms.
Oftentimes, gynecological examinations must be performed when a proper gynecological exam table is not available. Porta-GYN® is a new and useful portable pelvic exam device, which is lightweight, easily transportable and can be used on existing hospital beds or tables to support an OB/GYN patient safely in the correct position for examination or procedure. Gilley describes, “Even as a student PA, I often wondered at the lack of available equipment to perform thorough pelvic exams in family practice offices, walk in clinics, hospital rooms, and emergency rooms. While working in the emergency room setting where time is of the essence, this became even more obvious.”
Porta-GYN is designed for hospitals and clinics, where OB/GYN examinations are performed where there are few or no full-size, dedicated pelvic exam tables available, or in environments where budget or space restrictions require a more frugal or temporary option. Although wheeled mobile pelvic exam carts exist, they are still very large, heavy, approximately one-half the size of a medical bed, and expensive. Mobile pelvic exam carts resemble small beds, and are wheeled from room to room. They are reportedly uncomfortable for the patient and practitioner to use. Also, because they are expensive, it makes it unlikely that a medical center or hospital to have more than one.
Gilley explains, “Rapid examinations are often a vital necessity. Making do with a big bulky pelvic cart, or dedicated OB/GYN bed in which there is often only 1 for the entire ER, causes delays in care, often forcing clinicians to use overturned bedpans in place of a true pelvic exam table in order to expedite care and treatment for women.” Realizing a true need for a portable alternative, Gilley worked at home in the middle of the living room floor, using boxes, wood, and pillows to work on a viable alternative to create the Porta-GYN. After developing a functional design and refining it with her patent attorney, Gilley filed for Patent in early 2010 and is now considering investment funding to pursue prototype development. Her Patent designs and a 3-D animation can be seen at Porta-GYN.com.
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