White papers

Creating Revenue with an Audiology Department

One way to achieve higher revenue is to have high productivity in both audiological diagnostics and dispensing of hearing instruments.  But, why do some practices produce under $200,000 in revenue while others achieve revenues of $1 million in the same year?

 A recent practice management survey provides some important insights.

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The effects of an antistick phospholipid solution on pediatric electrocautery adenoidectomy

A study was done by Jeffrey C. Baker, MD; Hassan H. Ramadan MD, FACS in 2009 to determine if coating a suction cautery tip with an anti-stick phospholipid solution would decrease the amount of time required to complete primary pediatric adenoidectomies. The aim of the study was focused on two main criteria: the amount of surgical time required to complete each procedure and the number of times an operation had to be interrupted because the suction cautery tip needed to be cleaned (each interruption was called a “handback”).

Lantern Laryngeal Electrode provides safer, more dependable monitoring of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerves

A significant improvement to the reliability of recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring has been enabled by the introduction of a new electrode using a unique design concept. The Lantern Laryngeal Electrode combines the low cost of an adhesive electrode on the endotracheal tube with a new, unique and effective design which does not rely on tube contact with the vocal cords.

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Ear, Nose and Throat Imaging with 3D Technology

For years, diagnostic imaging in the ear, nose and throat areas had been performed with medical-computed tomography (CT) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and plain radiography units. In recent years however, there had been movement afoot to use more cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) for specific diagnostic tasks. SOREDEX has successfully introduced the Scanora®  three-dimensional 3D CBCT system for ENT applications, in addition to it’s successfully use in the dental industry.

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In-Office Balloon Dilation: Procedure Techniques and Outcomes using a Malleable Multi-Sinus Dilation Tool

Balloon procedures have begun to move from the OR to the office as new procedure codes became effective and to avoid the risks of general anesthesia used in ESS and hybrid balloon procedures.  This move also provides greater convenience for the patient and physician and reduces the overall cost of the procedure.  This case series highlights the techniques used to achieve successful balloon dilation in an office setting and documents procedure and post-operative outcomes.

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Are safety precautions used with compressed-air drug-delivery atomizers really working?

Atomizers that use pressurized air to deliver topical medications to the oral and nasal mucosa have a dangerous flaw: the potential for spreading bacteria and other contaminants from patient to patient. At the end of the atomizer’s spray cycle, unused medication can carry contaminants from the device tip back into the reservoir. Researcher Timothy R. Wolfe, MD, author of the white paper "Are you inadvertently cross-contaminating patients in your practice?" questions the effectiveness of measures commonly thought to prevent this risk and proposes a safer alternative.

Drip Laryngeal Anesthesia for In-Office Procedures – Tips and Pearls

Vocal fold injection is an extremely important and helpful procedure for a variety of voice disorders. Flexible endoscopic guided trans-oral vocal fold injection has the advantage of (1) being minimally invasive (2) avoiding an open surgical procedure; (3) having a short learning curve to accomplish necessary injection technique; (4) direct visualization of injection site (5) safely converting to an office based procedure; (6) reducing the costs associated with a hospital or surgical based procedure and (7) providing the patient a speedy recovery with excellent voice results.

Private ENT practice expands in-office treatment options with balloon sinus dilation procedures

Dr. Hudson is in private practice in Reno, Nevada with a staff including a nurse practitioner, office manager and technician. With approximately 12 ENTs in Reno, Dr. Hudson was looking to expand and recapture business.

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