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ERIC Number: EJ762214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Global ENT Outreach: Taking Ear, Nose, and Throat Treatment and Surgery Techniques to Ethiopia
Wagner, Richard
Exceptional Parent, v37 n3 p45-47 Mar 2007
The author, as an otolaryngologist and the Director of Global ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Outreach, traveled to Ethiopia to help 11 children who could not breathe because of respiratory papillomas blocking their airways and who had been hospitalized for years. The disease, called juvenile respiratory papillomatosis, is what affected these 11 children. In this region of the world, a lack of resources and skilled physicians resulted in these 11 children, ages three to 11, being hospitalized, some of them for years. All of them had tracheotomies, because there was no means to remove the blockages, let alone provide the needed care to keep the tubes clean from the build up of secretions. The hospital lacked the needed portable suction machines, sterile water, cleaning kits, as well as home health services and respiratory therapists, that are required to allow patients to go home with tracheotomies. Global ENT Outreach is only one of a few organizations in the USA that is devoted to the treatment of ear disease and dedicated to teaching surgical skills to physicians in developing countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia