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Am J Emerg Med. 2002 Mar;20(2):103-4.

Nasal positive-pressure technique for nasal foreign body removal in children.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Providence Health System, Anchorage, AK, USA.


Nasal foreign bodies in children are often encountered in emergency medicine and many methods of removal exist. This study examines the nasal positive pressure technique, a method not previously described in the literature. A retrospective chart review of nasal foreign body removal using the nasal positive pressure technique was conducted, as well as, a follow-up telephone survey of patient's parents. Nine patients were identified over a 1-year period. The average time from triage to discharge was 34 minutes (15-106 minutes). No sedation, consultation or complications were recorded. Five of the 9 parents completed the survey. All 5 (100%) described the procedure less traumatic than an injection, and 4 (80%) described the procedure similar or less traumatic than an oral pharyngeal exam with a tongue depressor. Nasal positive pressure technique for nasal foreign body removal is a safe and efficient method, and it is relatively nontraumatic in the view of parents.

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