Secretions from the cervix and vagina are routinely collected for laboratory testing. The current method requires a clinician to use a speculum and a separate cotton swab at the end of a long stick. The speculum examination is invasive and generally uncomfortable and embarrassing for the patient. In addition, the contamination of the cotton swab can occur during insertion and removal process. Furthermore, this is a time consuming process that can only be performed in the clinic by the clinician.
This team will develop an improved simple swab to address these issues, with the aim to significantly reduce the invasiveness, discomfort and embarrassment for the patient.
The team has achieved a design that is simple to use. Under this funding, the team aims to conduct a pilot study to measure the variables for this device to enable future clinical trials.
Principal Investigator: Prof George Yeo Seow Heong
Institution: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
NHIC Ref: NHIC-I2D-1904225