Thankfully, emergencies are rare in the otolaryngology office setting. But, as more and more procedures move from the operating room to the office—including balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic procedures and skin cancer reconstruction—the potential for in-office emergencies increases. Are you adequately prepared?
Explore this issue:June 2013
“It’s absolutely essential to have a plan, equipment and emergency procedures in place so that you’re well-prepared when something happens, because it will happen at some point,” said Brad DeSilva, MD, residency program director in the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Ohio State University in Columbus.
All otolaryngologists in private practice should be equipped for and prepared to handle airway emergencies and excessive bleeding, the two most common otolaryngology-related emergency scenarios. Additional emergency preparation will depend on your area of practice. An otolaryngology office that offers allergy shots, for instance, must be prepared to handle anaphylactic shock.