Same-Day Evaluation and Surgery for Otitis Media and Tympanostomy Tube Placement: A Feasibility Study

Kathleen R. Billings*, John Hajduk, Allison Rose, Gildasio S. De Oliveira, Suresh S. Suresh, Dana M. Thompson

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Objective To determine the feasibility of providing streamlined same-day evaluation and surgical management of children with recurrent otitis media or chronic serous otitis media who meet criteria for tympanostomy tube (TT) placement. Study Design Retrospective matched case series. Setting Tertiary care children's hospital. Methods A comparison group (age, sex, insurance product) was utilized to determine if the same-day process decreased facility time and surgical time for the care episode. A parent satisfaction survey was administered. Results Thirty children, with a median age of 16 months (range, 12-22 months), participated in the same-day surgery process for TT. Twenty-one patients (70.0%) were male, and these patients were matched to a comparison group (similar age, sex, and insurance product) having non-same-day (routine) TT placement. The same-day patients spent significantly less time in clinic for the preoperative physician visit (average, 15 minutes) when compared with the non-same-day patients (average, 51.5 minutes; P <.001). The operative experience for the same-day patients was similar to the non-same-day patients (average, 145 vs 137 minutes, respectively; P =.35), but the overall experience was significantly shorter for the same-day patients (average, 151 vs 196 minutes for comparisons; P <.001). All parents surveyed in the same-day group were satisfied with the efficiency of the experience. Conclusion The same-day surgery process for management of children who meet the criteria for TT placement is a model of improved efficiency of care for children who suffer from otitis media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-669
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • access to care
  • acute otitis media
  • otitis media
  • otitis media with effusion
  • same day surgery
  • tympanostomy tubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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