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Samantha Tayne, Christian A Merrill, Rajeev C Saxena, Caitlin King, Karthik Devarajan, Stefan Ianchulev, Jon Chilingerian
Given the rising costs of healthcare delivery and reimbursement constraints, large academic medical centers (AMCs) must improve efficiency while delivering high-quality care. With standardized cases and high volumes, ambulatory surgery is a high-value target for efficiency improvement. Mining a data set of more than 7,500 cases consisting of the three highest-volume ambulatory procedures in orthopedics, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and urology, we analyzed process times and wait times involved in patient flow...
March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Forsan Jahshan, Eyal Sela, Eli Layous, Einat Levy, Niddal Assadi, Etgar Shilo, Nour Ibrahim, Dor Maayan, Ohad Ronen
OBJECTIVES: To establish clinical criteria for performing computed tomography scan for suspected upper digestive tract fishbone. METHODS: This is a prospective study of all adult patients referred to the otolaryngology emergency department at our medical center for suspected fishbone in the upper digestive tract after no fishbone was seen on physical examination. The patients were divided into two groups: 1) The first was a high clinical suspicion group, which included patients with at least one of the following criteria: drooling, accumulation of saliva in the sinus piriformis, fever, referral 24 hours after the ingestion with worsening/continuing symptoms, and readmission...
February 15, 2018: Laryngoscope
Andrew G Boston, K Christopher McMains, Philip G Chen, Erik K Weitzel
Introduction: For some career military aviators, their ability to continue on flight status is limited by the pressure and pain of aerosinusitis, which is present only while in the flying environment. Failure to treat their disease process can mean the end of their flying careers and the loss of valuable assets trained with taxpayer dollars. Because some medications commonly used in treatment of sinus diseases are not allowed in aviation, this presents a unique problem for their medical management...
February 6, 2018: Military Medicine
Rebecca J Howell, Melissa A Schopper, John Paul Giliberto, Ryan M Collar, Sid M Khosla
OBJECTIVE: To review experience, safety, and cost of office-based esophageal dilation in patients with history of head and neck cancer (HNCA). METHODS: The medical records of patients undergoing esophageal dilation in the office were retrospectively reviewed between August 2015 and May 2017. Patients were given nasal topical anesthesia. Next, a transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) was performed. If the patient tolerated TNE, we proceeded with esophageal dilation using Seldinger technique with the CRE™ Boston Scientific (Boston Scientific Corp...
February 8, 2018: Laryngoscope
Aaron Smith, Meredith Ray, Scott Chaiet
Importance: The sequelae of palate trauma vary from minimal discomfort to major neurovascular injury. Infrequency of palate trauma and clinician unfamiliarity with the disease process may lead to variation in evaluation, treatment, and disposition in the emergency department (ED). Objectives: To measure the incidence of primary palate trauma visits to US emergency departments with analysis of demographics, disposition, and repair and to determine frequency and factors associated with head and neck imaging...
February 1, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Xinli Li, William Nylander, Tracy Smith, Soonhee Han, William Gunnar
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) complicates approximately 2% of surgeries in the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Surgical site infections are responsible for increased morbidity, length of hospital stay, cost, and mortality. Surgical site infection can be minimized by modifying risk factors. In this study, we identified risk factors and developed accurate predictive surgical specialty-specific SSI risk prediction models for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) surgery population...
February 1, 2018: Surgical Infections
Vivienne Ng, Jennifer Plitt, David Biffar
Introduction: Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is the most common deep space infection of the head and neck presenting to emergency departments.1 No commercial PTA task trainer exists for simulation training. Thus, resident physicians often perform their first PTA needle aspiration in the clinical setting, knowing that carotid artery puncture and hemorrhage are serious and devastating complications. While several low-fidelity PTA task trainers have been previously described, none allow for ultrasound image acquisition...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Chan, S Carrie
BACKGROUND: Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is a common procedure performed within otolaryngology, but it carries potential for significant life-changing complications. It is therefore essential that trainees undergo adequate training. The European Working Time Directive has led to reduced operating time for the trainee surgeon. With variable access and the cost implications associated with cadaveric specimens, simulation can be an invaluable educational resource in surgical training...
February 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Akashdeep Singh Chauhan, Shankar Prinja, Sushmita Ghoshal, Roshan Verma, Arun S Oinam
There are no published data on the cost of cancer treatment for guiding reimbursement decisions in India. The present study was designed to estimate the cost of treating head and neck cancer (HNC) with the aim of determining package rates. The present study was undertaken in the Departments of Radiotherapy and Otolaryngology of a large tertiary care hospital in North India. Economic health system costs incurred were assessed using a bottom-up methodology. Data on all resources-capital or recurrent, incurred on the delivery of HNC treatment were collected from April 2014 to March 2015...
2018: PloS One
R Alex Harbison, Jennifer Dunlap, Ian M Humphreys, Greg E Davis
BACKGROUND: Surgical skill development outside the operating room aims to improve technique and subsequent patient safety. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between technical and cognitive skills with cadaveric endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) performance and change in ESS performance before and after implementation of a dedicated ESS simulation-based and knowledge-based curriculum. METHODS: A before-after study design was implemented among 10 medical students and 10 junior otolaryngology residents...
January 11, 2018: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Scott Murray, Adrian Mendez, Alexander Hopkins, Hamdy El-Hakim, Caroline C Jeffery, David W J Côté
BACKGROUND: Epistaxis is the most common emergent consultation to otolaryngology-head & neck surgery (OHNS) and with 60% of the population having experienced an episode and 1.6 in 10,000 requiring hospitalization in their lifetime. In preliminary studies Floseal® (Baxter, USA) Hemostatic Matrix has shown efficacy in up to 80% of persistent anterior epistaxis. We sought to evaluate the clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Floseal® (Baxter, USA) compared to traditional nasal packing for persistent epistaxis...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Michael Wotman, Joshua Levinger, Lillian Leung, Aron Kallush, Elizabeth Mauer, Ashutosh Kacker
Background: Preoperative anxiety is a common problem in hospitals and other health care centers. This emotional state has been shown to negatively impact patient satisfaction and outcomes. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from aromatic plants, may offer a simple, low-risk and cost-effective method of managing preoperative anxiety. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of lavender aromatherapy in reducing preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients undergoing procedures in general otolaryngology...
December 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
David F Smith, Charlene P Spiceland, Stacey L Ishman, Branden M Engorn, Christopher Donohue, Paul S Park, James R Benke, Tiffany Frazee, Robert H Brown, Nicholas M Dalesio
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Postoperative respiratory complications (PRCs) are common among children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) after adenotonsillectomy. We analyzed postoperative admission guidelines to determine which optimally balanced patient safety and cost. METHODS: Retrospective study of children aged 12 years or younger undergoing adenotonsillectomy for OSA after polysomnography at a tertiary academic care center over 2 years. Demographics, medical history, and hospital course were collected...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
N Mistry, C Coulson, A George
Digital and mobile device technology in healthcare is a growing market. The introduction of the endoscope-i, the world's first endoscopic mobile imaging system, allows the acquisition of high definition images of the ear, nose and throat (ENT). The system combines the e-i Pro camera app with a bespoke engineered endoscope-i adaptor which fits securely onto the iPhone or iPod touch. Endoscopic examination forms a salient aspect of the ENT work-up. The endoscope-i therefore provides a mobile and compact alternative to the existing bulky endoscopic systems currently in use which often restrict the clinician to the clinic setting...
October 17, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Noel Jabbour, Carl H Snyderman
There are massive hidden costs in the current paradigm of surgical training related to increased operative times for procedures with resident involvement and costs of medical errors. Shifting procedural training outside of the operating room through use of simulation has the potential to improve patient safety, minimize learning time to achieve competency, and increase operative efficiency. Investment in surgical simulation has the potential to reduce costs to health care systems through improved operating room efficiency and reduction of medical errors...
October 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Tanja Jelicic, Julian Richard Savage, Margaret Aron
Objective First, to survey our national otolaryngology colleagues on their postoperative care habits (hospitalization vs day surgery) after elective middle ear surgery. Second, to evaluate the necessity of hospitalization and safety of day surgery after these procedures. Methods A national survey regarding postoperative habits after elective middle ear surgery was launched. Then, the cases of all patients having undergone these surgical procedures at our center between 2010 and 2016 were reviewed. They were divided into 2 groups: hospitalization and day surgery...
October 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Zara M Patel, Sarah K Wise, John M DelGaudio
OBJECTIVES: Published data examining the efficacy of olfactory training (OT) has used standardized concentrations of odorants and the Sniffin' Sticks testing method. Although well-validated, these methods are costly and time-intensive for the average otolaryngology practice. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of using essential oils at random concentrations and the University of Pennsylvania Smell Test (UPSIT) for training and testing, and compare this with the existing data on OT...
April 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
Kyle K VanKoevering, Kelly Michele Malloy
Simulation is rapidly expanding across medicine as a valuable component of trainee education. For procedural simulation, development of low-cost simulators that allow a realistic, haptic experience for learners to practice maneuvers while appreciating anatomy has become highly valuable. Otolaryngology has seen significant advancements in development of improved, specialty-specific simulators with the expansion of three-dimensional (3D) printing. This article highlights the fundamental components of 3D printing and the multitude of subspecialty simulators that have been developed with the assistance of 3D printing...
October 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Jung Kweon Bae, Andrey Vavilin, Joon S You, Hyeongeun Kim, Seon Young Ryu, Jeong Hun Jang, Woonggyu Jung
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic technique is often applied for the diagnosis of diseases affecting internal organs and image-guidance of surgical procedures. Although the endoscope has become an indispensable tool in the clinic, its utility has been limited to medical offices or operating rooms because of the large size of its ancillary devices. In addition, the basic design and imaging capability of the system have remained relatively unchanged for decades. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a smartphone-based endoscope system capable of advanced endoscopic functionalities in a compact size and at an affordable cost and to demonstrate its feasibility of point-of-care through human subject imaging...
July 27, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Scott Kohlert, Patrick Murphy, Darren Tse, Clare Liddy, Amir Afkham, Erin Keely
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Prolonged wait times have become common. Electronic consultations (eConsults) have been shown in previous studies to reduce unnecessary face-to-face consultations to specialists, but no prior study has investigated the feasibility or efficacy of eConsults in an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OTO-HNS) practice. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study. METHODS: The Champlain BASE eConsult system is a secure web portal allowing primary care physicians (PCPs) to communicate asynchronously with specialists about a patient, without requiring a formal face-to-face consult...
June 2, 2017: Laryngoscope
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