Quality and Safety

Position Statement: Ambulatory Procedures

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) recognizes the existence of lists of surgical procedures that may be appropriately performed in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) setting.

Position Statement: Medical Use of Cocaine

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. considers cocaine to be a valuable anesthetic and vasoconstricting agent when used as part of the treatment of a patient by a physician.

Improving Patient Safety and Reducing the Risk of Error

Basic Quality Improvement ToolsIf you are looking for quality improvement tools to implement in your practice, the following are useful places to start.Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Offers ready-to-use tools to measure and improv

Quality in Otolaryngology

Patient safety and medical errors have received a great deal of attention since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” in November of 1999.  The report stated that as many as 98,000 pat

Elements of Informed Consent

If you are planning to use human subjects in your research, obtaining informed consent is an important step of the research process.  An informed consent must be written by the investigator, approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), or Ethics

Quality Improvement Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityAmerican College of Preventive MedicineAmerican Health Quality AssociationAmerican Medical AssociationAmerican Society for Healthcare Risk ManagementCenters for Disease Control and PreventionCenters for Medic

World Alliance for Patient Safety Implementation Resources

World Alliance for Patient Safety Implementation Manual Surgical Safety Checklist (First Edition) World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist (First Edition)

T.O. T.R.E.A.T. Trial

Tonsillitis Outcomes: Towards Reaching Evidence in Adults and Tots (closed to enrollment)As part of its commitment to evidence-based medicine, the AAO-HNS Foundation's National Center for the Promotion of Research in Otolaryngology has launched a new


S.L.E.E.P.: Studying Life Effects and Effectiveness of Palatopharyngoplasty(closed to enrollment)Why the "SLEEP" Study?UPPP, the most common surgical treatment for sleep apnea, significantly improves physiologic abnormalities in selected patients.

Allergy Outcomes Tool: RQLQ

Rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ)DescriptionMeasures the problems that adults with rhinoconjunctivitis experience in their day-to-day livesTargeted AgeAdultsItems (Domains)28 (7)Estimated Completion Time10-15 minutesReliability