Nasal positive-pressure technique for nasal foreign body removal in children

Am J Emerg Med. 2002 Mar;20(2):103-4. doi: 10.1053/ajem.2002.31575.


Nasal foreign bodies in children are often encountered in emergency medicine and many methods of removal exist. This study examines the nasal positive pressure technique, a method not previously described in the literature. A retrospective chart review of nasal foreign body removal using the nasal positive pressure technique was conducted, as well as, a follow-up telephone survey of patient's parents. Nine patients were identified over a 1-year period. The average time from triage to discharge was 34 minutes (15-106 minutes). No sedation, consultation or complications were recorded. Five of the 9 parents completed the survey. All 5 (100%) described the procedure less traumatic than an injection, and 4 (80%) described the procedure similar or less traumatic than an oral pharyngeal exam with a tongue depressor. Nasal positive pressure technique for nasal foreign body removal is a safe and efficient method, and it is relatively nontraumatic in the view of parents.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nose*
  • Pressure
  • Retrospective Studies