Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology

Pelvic Examination

This video demonstrates how to perform a pelvic exam to detect pelvic abnormalities and disease.

The free, short version was produced by the US Navy as training for medical personnel in isolated settings. It was included on the Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology CD. It may be freely downloaded.

The longer version was produced by the Brookside Associates for civilian training. It is 5-minutes and is available for download. The same video but in high-resolution is available on CD or DVD.
Video Runtime 1:32
17 MB mpg
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Pelvic Exam

"Position the patient at the very edge of the exam table."

"Appropriate draping preserves patient dignity."

"Stirrups should be padded for comfort."

"Oven mitts, thick socks, or small battle dressings can be used effectively."

"Start with a close inspection of the vulva."

"Look for visible lesions, masses or discharge."

"Lubricate the vaginal speculum with warm water."

"Using any other lubricant, such as KY Jelly, will interfere with reading the Pap smear."

"Separate the labia and insert the speculum."

"Keep the labia separated to prevent pinching."

"Wait until the speculum is completely inserted before opening the blades."

"Then lock the blades in place."

"Inspect the vaginal walls and cervix."

"A Pap smear can be obtained."

"Remove the speculum slowly, taking care that the blades do not pinch the skin."


Home    Introduction    Medical Support of Women in Field Environments    The Prisoner of War Experience    Routine Care    Pap Smears    Human Papilloma Virus    Contraception    Birth Control Pills    Vulvar Disease    Vaginal Discharge    Abnormal Bleeding    Menstrual Problems    Abdominal Pain    Urination Problems    Menopause    Breast Problems    Sexual Assault    Normal Pregnancy    Abnormal Pregnancy    Normal Labor and Delivery    Problems During Labor and Delivery    Care of the Newborn

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Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology - 2nd Edition
The Health Care of Women in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
January 1, 2000

This web version of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology is provided by The Brookside Associates Medical Education Division.  It contains original contents from the official US Navy NAVMEDPUB 6300-2C, but has been reformatted for web access and includes advertising and links that were not present in the original version. This web version has not been approved by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense. The presence of any advertising on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of that product or service by either the Department of Defense or the Brookside Associates. The Brookside Associates is a private organization, not affiliated with the United States Department of Defense. All material in this version is unclassified.

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