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Complications in Pediatric Otolaryngology

2005 Edition, June 9, 2005

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ISBN: 978-0-8247-2437-5
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  • Revision: 2005 Edition, June 9, 2005
  • Published Date: June 9, 2005
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 635
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The field of pediatric otolaryngology has significantly evolved as a distinct subspecialty within the field of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery over the past two decades. Otolaryngologists with a strong interest in caring for infants and children have led to the expansion of the field in managing airway anomalies, cleft lip and palate, cochlear implantation, head and neck masses and more. With such growth, specialty societies in pediatric otolaryngology have been introduced. The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), and the Section of Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to name a few, advocate for treating children with ear, nose, and throat, head and neck, and communication disorders. These organizations bring together otolaryngologists, primary care and pediatric specialty physicians, physician extenders, and related healthcare providers such as audiologists and speech/language pathologists, providing an ongoing forum for communication and education about the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, and sequelae of these diseases and their therapies.

Advancing technologies and practices have led to an increasing survival of preterm infants, as well as the survival of infants and children with complicated diseases. Despite these advances, tolerance by society and the medical–legal community has decreased with respect to patient outcomes. Unfortunately, complications and adverse sequelae of disease processes and their therapies can occur even in the best of hands. It is unrealistic to think that perfection ought to be the standard of care in medicine. It should be our objective , and we should always strive to perform our utmost to the best of our capabilities. However, humans are not perfect and Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. Medicine is not — and will not ever be — an exact science. It is a collaborative process and we should be prepared to learn from all of our results. We do not live in an ideal world, but we believe society would be comforted to know that greater lengths and honorable efforts are being undertaken continually by clinicians to provide the best treatments and obtain the best outcomes.

This textbook represents the first pediatric-focused compilation of the subject matter. We have gathered numerous accomplished otolaryngologists, specialists, and providers with expertise in a diverse array of assigned subjects. Our primary goal is to provide a resource for physicians and other healthcare providers who manage pediatric patients in the prevention, early identification, and management of complications in the field of pediatric otolaryngology. A secondary goal is to contribute to the current intellectual dialogue on error management in medicine. Certainly, discussing complications can be an emotionally difficult proposition. But, in the best interest of serving our patients, and for the continued growth in our field toward better outcomes, education in this area is our best resource. We hope that all of us who have been given the privilege of providing medical and surgical care to children will remain humble, and share, learn and educate from the experiences we have encountered so we may continue to strive for perfection while working on our most precious asset, our children.

We thank the contributors to this new textbook for their excellent efforts and look forward to ongoing dialogue with them, as well as with you — our colleagues — in this noble pursuit.