Single Visit Evaluation and Tympanostomy Tube Placement for the Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children

Kathleen R. Billings*, John Hajduk, Dana M. Thompson

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Objective: To review our experiences with development of a single visit surgery (SVS) program for children with recurrent acute otitis media (AOM) undergoing tympanostomy tube (TT) placement the same day as their otolaryngology surgical consultation. Study Design: Retrospective cohort analysis. Methods: Retrospective series of patients participating in SVS from inception March 1, 2014 to April 30, 2020 were analyzed, with attention to factors associated with increasing interest and participation in SVS and parent experiences/satisfaction. Results: A total of 224 children had TT placed through SVS for AOM management. The average age of patients was 18.1 months (standard deviation 7.8 months), and 130 (58.0%) were male. The median interval between initial contact to schedule SVS, and the SVS date was 15 days (interquartile range 9–23 days). When analyzing year-over-year volumes from inception of SVS, notable increases were seen in 2016 and 2017 after a radio advertisement was played locally. A marked increase in volume was noted after implementation of a Decision Tree Scheduling (DTS) algorithm for children with recurrent AOM. Sixty-six (28.8%) procedures were performed after institution of DTS. A parent survey demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with the SVS experience. Estimations of savings to families in terms of time away from work demonstrated potential for indirect healthcare benefits. Conclusions: SVS for TT placement was a successful, alternative model of care for management of children with AOM. Marketing strategies regarding SVS, and the inclusion of SVS pathway in DTS platforms increased rates of interest and choice of this option. Parents of children undergoing TT through SVS were satisfied with the overall experience. Level of Evidence: 4 Laryngoscope, 131:2823–2829, 2021.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2823-2829
Number of pages7
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Decision Tree
  • Recurrent acute otitis media
  • healthcare marketing
  • single visit surgery
  • tympanostomy tubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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