Essential equipment and services for otolaryngology care: a proposal by the Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Initiative

Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 Jun 1;31(3):194-201. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000885. Epub 2023 Mar 20.

Abstract

Purpose of review: To highlight the need for comprehensive resource lists to provide baseline care of otolaryngologic conditions; to present a proposed list of essential equipment and services that may be applied toward surgical systems research, policymaking, and charitable efforts in global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Recent findings: To provide effective and high-quality surgical care across care settings, there must be a global standard for equipment and ancillary services necessary to provide baseline care. Though there have been efforts to devise resource standards via equipment lists and appraisal tools, these have been limited in scope to general surgery, emergency care, and a few other subspecialty surgical contexts. Recent efforts have brought attention to the significant burden imposed by otolaryngologic conditions such as hearing loss, otitis media, head and neck cancer, head and neck trauma, and upper airway foreign bodies. Yet, there has not been a comprehensive list of resources necessary to provide baseline care for common otolaryngologic conditions.

Summary: Through an internal survey of its members, the Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Initiative has compiled a list of essential equipment and services to provide baseline care of otolaryngologic conditions. Our efforts aimed to address common otolaryngologic conditions that have been previously identified as high-priority with respect to prevalence and burden of disease. This expert-driven list of essential resources functions as an initial framework to be adapted for internal quality assessment, implementation research, health policy development, and economic priority-setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Deafness*
  • Foreign Bodies*
  • Hearing Loss*
  • Humans
  • Otolaryngology*