Saturday, January 14, 2006

Hilarious Journal Articles #36: A Novel Method for the Removal of Ear Wax

From CMAJ:
D.K. (a family and emergency physician) assessed the utility of the Super Soaker Max-D 5000. He was surprised to note that it was able to deliver a superbly pressured narrow stream of water equivalent to, or perhaps exceeding, the quality of that achieved with standard ear-syringing instruments. The owner of the Super Soaker Max-D 5000 was sought out; after hearing an explanation of its intended application, he granted permission for its use.

Verbal consent (covering risks and benefits) was obtained from the patient. He then changed into swimming shorts, located himself on an ideal location on the deck and held a Tupperware container (product number 1611-16) to the side of his neck, in lieu of a kidney basin. The Super Soaker Max-D 5000 was filled with body-temperature water and then mildly pressurized using the blue hand-pump. The trigger was depressed, releasing a gentle, narrow jet of water, which was then aimed along the posterior wall of the ear canal (Fig. 1). After approximately 15 seconds, the jet was aimed along the anterior wall. This cycle was repeated (with occasional repressurizing) until the Super Soaker was empty.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope that he had IRB approval and applied for a medical device waiver.

Seriously I think that is great. As a great producer of cerumen in my childhood, I always found the water pik device, in the hands of my pediatrician's nurse worked wonders when I was a lad.

One time, I had to go to an ENT for them to remove a piece the size of a .357 bullet (without the shell) from my ear. OUCH!