When most people think of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders they think of patient’s presenting to the office with symptoms suggestive of allergic rhinitis, otitis media, sinusitis and acute pharyngitis.  Most providers can treat and manage these conditions without thinking twice or referring to an additional resource for guidance.  Most don’t think of thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland abnormalities and benign neck conditions such as branchial cleft anomalies or thyroglossal duct cysts when they think of ENT disorders.  It’s important for all health care practitioners to have a basic grasp and understanding of all types of ENT conditions that could present to them.

Patients with an ENT concern may present to a primary care provider, urgent care and/or other specialty practice before being referred to see an ENT specialist. These other groups should have an understanding of how to treat and manage these common and so-called “uncommon” ENT conditions. As a Nurse Practitioner, I began to notice there wasn’t a quick reference guide that covered common and uncommon ENT problems. The choices available to me at the time were too basic or too lengthy, in-depth and confusing. I needed a book that encompassed the nuts and bolts of what I needed to know in ENT. After all, regardless of whether I worked in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Pediatrics or in an ENT specialty group – ear nose and throat disorders ranged among the top reasons patient’s seek medical care.

Quick Reference for Otolaryngology: Guide for APRNs, PAs and Other Health Care Practitioners is a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide formatted for quick reference on any ENT topic. It showcases the pertinent, need-to-know information for how to treat and manage any ENT disorder. Specific need-to-know information for each topic is bolded so that it stands out and can’t be missed. There are numerous easy-to-follow tables, charts, diagrams, artwork, diagnostic explanations, therapy/treatments and procedure protocols.

The guide is written from an advanced practice perspective but co-authored with practicing otolaryngology physicians. According to the Center for Disease Control 2009 data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, an expansion of care delivered by nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) is often cited as a solution to the predicted surge and demand for future health care services. Due to the expanded demand of NPs and PAs, there will be a greater need in the future to make sure these health care professionals are equipped with resources that will better prepare them for a broader knowledge base in order to identify, treat and manage these common and uncommon conditions.

I encourage all health care practitioners to look beyond the sniffles when building their knowledge base in ENT. Use this book as a go-to reference to remind you of the common and uncommon ENT diagnosis you may encounter with your patients.

To get in touch with author Kim Scott, please reach out to her via email: kimscottnp@yahoo.com

 

REFERENCE

Park M., Cherry D., Decker S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. NCHS Data Brief. Number 69, August 2011. Data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2009. Retrieved March 30, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db69.htm