PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the nation to use a new device created to make ear tube procedures easier and faster. The device is called Hummingbird and was created by Preceptis Medical in Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic started using it on young patients who had frequent ear infections that required ear tubes. “When we place typical ear tubes, you make a small incision in the eardrum, squeeze out any fluid in there, then place the tube and position it appropriately in the drum. What’s really different about the Hummingbird device, what we really like is that it’s all just one step,” explained Dr. Nate Page. “The device itself allows you to make that cut and leave the tube in the eardrum at the same time. And that’s really what makes it easier to use on these young children.
Dr. Page, who specializes in ears, nose and throat at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, worked with the Mayo Clinic to get the device to Arizona. He says it’s a game-changer because patients don’t need anesthesia or any other preoperative requirements. “The Colibri is made in our clinic, so there’s no rigmarole that goes into our operating room. They come like a regular doctor’s visit,” Dr. Page explained.
An East Valley mother said her daughter, who is just under 2, needed ear tubes after having constant ear infections. “She started having constant ear infections when she was about 7 months old and she was on a constant antibiotic for almost a year,” Krystal Arnett said. “After the fourth or fifth ear infection I had, we have to do something.”
Arnett and his daughter, Phoebe, met Dr. Page and discovered the hummingbird. “He said, ‘Hey, we just rolled out this new procedure, we’ve only had a few kids who have done it. It allows us to put the tubes in her ears in the office and she can be awake,” Arnett said. “If I didn’t have to submit it, that was a huge selling point for me.”
Arnett said they were out of the doctor’s office within 10 minutes. “We put her on the table, we wrapped her in a little blanket just to keep her still. There were a few nurses and I was just holding her. They numb each ear and just do the procedure. It literally took about two seconds on each side,” Arnett said. “The whole thing from start to finish, when she was on the table, was probably five minutes. It was super fast.
Dr Page said Phoenix Children’s has been using the Hummingbird since December, but so far it has only been used on about 35 patients. “Our numbers are still relatively low with what we are doing. But we also started very carefully to only do very specific kids that we picked to help progress, and then as we’ve seen success now, we’re expanding that to be able to offer it to more and more kids. said Dr. Page. .
Preceptis Medical Chief Operating Officer Greg Mielke said he plans to expand and accelerate access for parents and providers to meet strong demand nationwide for this new option. . “We add sites frequently and are committed to making this an option for all parents!” said Mielke.
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