Otitis media is the most common bacterial illness in children, resulting in millions of office visits, antibiotic prescriptions, and surgical procedures annually in the United States. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed and has resulted in increased prevalence of antibiotic resistant strains of organisms. Additionally, patients with otitis media are candidates for tympanocentesis, myringotomy, and tympanostomy tube placement procedures. The ability to safely and efficiently perform these procedures to accurately diagnose, identify the bacterial organism, and treat otitis media with point of care therapy is needed. A shape-memory nitinol tympanostomy tube and an all-in-one introducer device (OtoStent tympanostomy device) currently under development will allow clinicians to safely and efficiently perform myringotomy, tympanocentesis, and tympanostomy tube placement with a single disposable device.
Shape-Memory Nitinol Tympanostomy Tube and All-in-One Introducer Device for Treatment of Otitis Media
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Loushin, M., and Leland, K. (August 10, 2010). "Shape-Memory Nitinol Tympanostomy Tube and All-in-One Introducer Device for Treatment of Otitis Media." ASME. J. Med. Devices. June 2010; 4(2): 027518. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3443170
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