Endoscopic dewaxing in the audiology department--the Bristol experience.


Impacted wax accounts for a considerable proportion of cancelled appointments in the audiology department. Current practice usually involves the patient being referred back to their General Practitioner (GP) for wax removal. Endoscopic dewaxing is a technique that can be used to remove wax under direct vision. Having been trained in the technique, an audiologist successfully removed wax from 94% of the patients seen with wax preventing the appointment from going ahead. Thirty-three appointments and 29 h (1740 min) of appointment time were saved over the 6-week period. When introduced with sufficient training of staff, endoscopic dewaxing offers a solution to the problem of impacted wax in the audiology department.

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@article{Pothier2007EndoscopicDI, title={Endoscopic dewaxing in the audiology department--the Bristol experience.}, author={D D Pothier and D Nieuwoudt}, journal={Clinical otolaryngology : official journal of ENT-UK ; official journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Cervico-Facial Surgery}, year={2007}, volume={32 6}, pages={462-4} }