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Niger J Med. 2013 Apr-Jun;22(2):109-12.

What health professionals at the Jos University Teaching Hospital insert in their ears.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, PMB 2084, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Adeyiadoga@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study is to determine if health professionals in our hospital insert objects in their ears and the complications which follow.

METHODOLOGY:

In this prospective cross-sectional study, validated questionnaires were filled by health professionals working in our Teaching Hospital and analyzed.

RESULTS:

One hundred and forty one questionnaires were analyzed involving subjects aged 25 to 59 years with a mean of 42 years (SD = +/- 12.5). There were 94 males and 47 females with a male to female ratio of 2:1. Thirty four (24.1%) nurses participated in the study followed by Resident doctors (n = 22, 15.6%) and Intern doctors (n = 20, 14.2%). One hundred and twenty nine (91.5%) individuals 'clean' their ears with majority of them (n = 48, 37.2%) doing so occasionally. Multiple objects were inserted into the ears by 32 (24.0%) subjects and single objects by 98 (76%). The commonest object inserted into the ears to effect 'cleaning' was cotton buds in 115 cases. Twelve (9.3%) subjects recorded ear injuries in the process. Seven (53.3%) subjects with injuries inserted objects into their ears daily. Seven subjects recorded injuries with the use of match sticks. Sixty three (44.7%) subjects had accumulation of cerumen. Cotton buds (n = 29) were the commonest method for cerumen removal. Complications recorded from the removal of cerumen were otalgia (n = 2) and vertigo (n = 1).

CONCLUSION:

Health professionals in our centre have a practice of inserting various potentially dangerous objects into their ears.

PMID:
23829120
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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