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.
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