About Josh Bukowski, MD

Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
8 05, 2017

PEM Pearls: Search & Rescue of Ear Foreign Bodies – Picking the Right Tool

2017-05-11T00:34:08+00:00

baby otoscope ear foreign bodiesWhile ear foreign bodies can happen at any age, the majority occur in children less than 7 years of age.1 The younger the patient, the less likely they are cooperative with the exam and, therefore, the less chance of successful foreign body removal. The first attempt at removal is the best, so it is important to make it count. Similarly, different types of foreign bodies call for different “tools” for removal. It is important to understand when to attempt removal in the emergency department (ED) and what tools are available. This blog post will help you optimize your first pass success at foreign body removal by understanding what tools are at your disposal.

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