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Day Case Tonsillectomy—The Campbellton Experience

Dr. Pradeep Shenoy, MD, DLO, FRCS, FACS, is the ENT service chief, Campbellton Regional Hospital, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Dr. Michael Aldea, MD, Anesthesiologists, Campbellton Regional Hospital, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Dr. Jami Sridhar, MD, Anesthesiologists, Campbellton Regional Hospital, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Abstract

Tonsillectomy is a routine surgery performed in Campbellton Regional Hospital. Before January 2012 all the tonsillectomies were one day procedure. Due to reduction in the hospital beds, there was a significant pressure on the ENT service to perform more of tonsillectomies as day case procedures.

A Prospective and retrospective study was done for the day case tonsillectomies from January 2012 till June 2013 and results are reported.

Key words: DCT (day-case-tonsillectomy), post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage (PTH), post-tonsillectomy pain (PTP),Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV), ASA (American Society of Anaesthesiologist) grading of patients, PACU (Post-anesthesia care Unit).