UPDATE BELOW. It happened again the other day. I asked for an N95 mask for my airway operating list. One hospital provided, another said no. Yes, pre-op swabs are negative, but we know that there is a false negative rate and I spend 3-4 hours in multiple patients’ nose, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx and trachea … More Aerosol Generating Procedures and Mask Use in Melbourne
Let’s get some terminology correct. COVID19 is the disease. SARS-CoV2 is the specific name given to the actual new virus that has been identified as the cause of COVID19. SARS-Cov2 is a new novel virus from the Coronavirus family. In lay terms, coronavirus is the general term we use to refer to this virus. However, … More Loss of Smell and Taste with COVID19
37min overview on Management of Drooling/Sialorrhoea. Aimed at Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Trainees.
This coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live drastically. This coronavirus is forcing us to choose. To choose to confront ourselves in the stillness and quietness of our homes. When all the bells and whistles have been removed, when our conferences, meetings and speaking engagements have been stripped away from us, we are forced … More Choose to live well
Evidence Based Medicine is the application of the best available evidence to the clinical problem at hand. We are living in a pandemic. We do not have the luxury of Randomised Controlled Trials. We do not have the luxury of prospective studies, time and resources. We use any good evidence we have, dissect it and … More The use of Povidone Iodine nasal spray and mouthwash during the current COVID19 pandemic
We do so many online meetings and talks now. Here are 3 little tips to help you do well in front of your phone or computer. Lights. Camera. Action. Lights Keep a forward light directed on to your face. No back light. Natural light is great, make sure it’s from in front not from behind … More Tips on online presentations and meetings.
The nasopharynx goes back, not up. When you take a nasopharyngeal swab or insert nasogastric tube, NEVER aim upwards towards the brain. Go LOW and go SLOW. Correct direction follows the floor of your nose not up towards the roof.
Some data out there would suggest that 10-15% of people who are infected by the coronavirus are health care workers (HCW). Let’s do a numbers game here. One nurse treats up to 4 patients. They’re the absolute front line. They spend hours caring for patients in close proximity. One allied health clinician or one doctor … More All hands on deck for COVID19
This pandemic is changing the world and changing us. This coronavirus has slowed us down and taught us to live differently, to live carefully. Live CARE-full-ly. Things I do NOT miss: meetings, KPI, goals, budgets, admin, shopping, competition, keeping up with the Joneses, parties, conferences, presentations. Things I miss: people, people, people. Online telehealth clinics … More Be Kind
Here are a few fancy ENT words for you: Olfactory (smell) disorder: Anosmia: No smell (I can’t smell coffee) Hyposmia: Reduced smell (I can smell coffee faintly) Parosmia: Smelling a different smell (This coffee smells different) Phantosmia: Smelling something that isn’t there (There’s a coffee smell but no coffee) Gustatory (Taste) disorder: Dysgeusia: dysfunction … More Loss of smell and taste with COVID19