Absolute Product Design Wins Prestigious Red Dot Award 2020

Absolute Product Design, a Plymouth Science Park resident business, has received an award distinction for design quality in one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. 

For over 60 years, Red Dot has provided a platform for designers and companies to assess good design. In 2020, more than 6,500 products entered the competition, which was judged by a jury of medical experts and leading designers. Previous award winners include Apple, Braun and Google.

Absolute Product Design worked closely with its client, Robinson Healthcare Ltd, to design the Instraspec Contour®, a unique, unbreakable, single-use vaginal speculum.

Single-use polymeric speculums are used by healthcare professionals around the world to carry out examinations of the vagina and cervix. Current speculum designs do not take into account the need to reduce the levels of anxiety and discomfort patients experience during this intrusive and highly personal medical examination. Also, they do not take into account the needs of the healthcare professionals who use these devices every day.

The Instraspec Contour® is a highly innovative, safe, single-use vaginal speculum with a unique ergonomic contoured profile which is designed to reduce significantly the anxiety and discomfort of patients. This product has the potential to increase the number of patients who attend clinics for diagnostic examinations, and this could prove to be life-saving.


Unique Features of the Instraspec Contour®

Bullet-tip beak profile – Reduce patient discomfort during initial insertion.

Gel/lubrication pockets – Reduce patient discomfort during initial insertion. Provide an increased amount of lubrication fluid or water.

Anti-pinch hinge design – Reduces the risk of labial trauma and perineal pinching during insertion and when in situ.

Anti-pinch beak design – Provides an atraumatic profile to all edges of the upper and lower speculum beaks, ensuring that vaginal wall tissues are not trapped (pinched) during beak closure.

Opening and closing system – Provides a smooth, silent and rapid operation, which helps to reduce patient anxiety.

Pivoting runner – Provides unobstructed visual and instrumentation access.

Raked-back handle profile – Provides significantly improved clinical control.

Available in five sizes – Accommodates the full range of patient anatomy.