Removal of foreign bodies from children’s ears: a nurse-led clinic
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Removal of foreign bodies from children’s ears: a nurse-led clinic

Jo Williams Advanced nurse practitioner ENT, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Adal Mirza Surgical trainee, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Kim To ENT trainee, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Konstance Tzifa Consultant ENT surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Lisha McClelland Senior registrar ENT, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Mat Daniel Consultant ENT surgeon, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit

This article presents an account of the rationale for and the introduction of a change in practice. The successful removal of foreign bodies from children’s ears requires appropriate skills and experience. While traditionally a role for junior doctors, removal of foreign bodies from children’s ears at the ear, nose and throat outpatient clinic at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was associated with a low success rate. Therefore, it was proposed that an experienced advanced nurse practitioner would carry out this task in an attempt to improve patient outcomes. A database of outcomes was maintained and compared with those from a doctor-led clinic at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The results highlight the benefits of nurse-led removal of foreign bodies from children’s ears.

Nursing Standard. 27, 51,43-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.08.27.51.43.e7630

Received: 22 February 2013

Accepted: 12 June 2013

Published in print: 21 August 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review