|Authors||Wieland A, Belden L, Cunningham M|
|Journal||Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Volume: 140 Issue: 4 Pages: 542-547|
|Publish Date||2009 Apr|
To determine the current practice of pediatric otolaryngologists on a national level and general otolaryngologists on a regional level regarding preoperative coagulation screening prior to adenotonsillectomy.A five-question survey of members of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and the Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (MSO-HNS).Surveys results were analyzed to determine current preoperative screening practices relative to awareness of screening recommendations published in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) 1999 Clinical Indicators Compendium.The survey response rate was 27 percent (54/190) and 29 percent (76/260) for MSO-HNS and ASPO members, respectively. In patients with no known bleeding risk, 21 percent of respondents continue to obtain coagulation screening including, at a minimum, a partial thromboplastin time and a prothrombin time. MSO-HNS respondents reported ordering more preoperative coagulation studies than did ASPO respondents (35% vs 10%). Interestingly awareness of the AAO-HNS consensus statement was similar between the two groups and did not impact screening practices.The survey results indicate a discrepancy between current practice relative to pre-adenotonsillectomy coagulation screening and the recommendations of the AAO-HNS 1999 consensus statement.