Diseases such as mastoiditis, meningitis, venous sinus thrombosis and intracranial abscesses were discovered in a population of 60,000 children admitted to hospitals with otitis media (OM). These complications occurred when children stayed in the hospital an average of 2.88 days. Twenty-one of the children died from complications.
A study release this month is considering these children who were documented in the U.S. 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database. Attention is focused on the children’s social and economic backgrounds, as well as how the various hospitals responded to the needs of the toddlers. Read Abstract of Article That Examines Otitis Media in Children.
Believe it or not, the clinical guidelines for treating childhood otitis media with effusion (OME)—also known as “fluid in the ear”—have not been updated since 2004. (Most guidelines get a facelift every five or 10 years.) Given that more than 90% of children will develop this “occupational hazard of early childhood,” and that, if left untreated, OME can affect a child’s hearing and learning, it was time to reevaluate treatment options for this common condition.
The update group, chaired by SMED advisory board member Dr. Richard M. Rosenfeld, spent the past year researching and writing new recommendations for treating OME. The group of doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists also included two patient advocates, including SMED’s own board member Robyn Coggins.