Do any of you work at facilities where fFNs are collected without speculum? Our current policy states that a speculum must be used, but there have been a few travel nurses or nurses new to this hospital who have said that at other facilities they've worked at, they've been able to do a "blind" collection without a speculum. Fullterm's (TM) instructions say that a speculum must be used, but nurses have stated that Fullterm reps have told them that it's not necessary. I was able to find ONE study online that compared collection results with and without speculum, but I was unable to view it without paying. If anyone can find study information, it would be much appreciated.
The Green Journal Supplement Vol 193 issue 6 p s.63 decscribes a study conducted at LSU which concluded "excellent" agreement between FFN collected by speculum and that collected in a "blind swab of the fornix". I probably can't quote directly w/o their permission. We use "Fullterm". The rep I talked to was from Adeza, who used to market the product. I do not think anyone else produces this do they?
This is not full text, but does discuss conclusions of another study which again finds a high level of agreement between the two techniques.
Last edit by imenid37 on Dec 15, '07