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Streamlining grommet pathways for otitis media with effusion and hearing loss in children: our experience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 September 2018


O McLaren
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Torbay Hospital, Torquay, UK
E C Toll
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Torbay Hospital, Torquay, UK
R Easto
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, UK
E Willis
Affiliation:
Department of Audiology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
S Harris
Affiliation:
Department of Audiology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
J Rainsbury
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
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Abstract

Background

Grommet insertion is a common surgical procedure in children. Long waiting times for grommet insertion are not unusual. This project aimed to streamline the process by introducing a pathway for audiologists to directly schedule children meeting National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guideline 60 (‘CG60’) for grommet insertion.

Method and results

A period from June to November 2014 was retrospectively audited. Mean duration between the first audiology appointment and grommet insertion was 294.5 days (median = 310 days). Implementing the direct-listing pathway reduced the duration between first audiology appointment and grommet insertion (mean = 232 days; median = 231 days). There has been a reduction in the time between the first audiology appointment and surgery (mean difference of 62.5 days; p = 0.024), and a reduction in the time between second audiology appointment and surgery (28 days; p = 0.009).

Conclusion

Direct-listing pathways for grommet insertion can reduce waiting times and expedite surgery. Implementation involves a simple alteration of current practice, adhering to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guideline 60. The ultimate decision regarding surgery still rests with ENT specialists.


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