Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | September 2, 2008

Guidelines Gone Wild

Hey! Everyone stop what you’re doing right now and PAY ATTENTION!

This is “Important”:

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) will issue the first comprehensive clinical guidelines to help health care practitioners identify patients with cerumen (commonly referred to as earwax) impaction. The guidelines emphasize evidence-based management of cerumen impaction by clinicians, and inform patients of the purpose of ear wax in hearing health.

(Um, they’re actually *not* the “first” such guidelines. I found some pretty comprehensive ones here, at a Guideline Clearinghouse, dated 2007.)

Dear dog in heaven! A group of specialists putting together guidelines (and presenting them at their annual meeting, no less) on the diagnosis and appropriate management of SOMETHING MY FAMILY PRACTICE ATTENDINGS TAUGHT ME THE FIRST WEEK OF RESIDENCY!!!

I suppose this means that the ENTs now officially know everything. If they’re actually bothering to waste their time promulgating stuff every family doc, internist and pediatrician learned before they knew how to get to the call room, they must not have much else worthy of study.

What next? The American Gastroenterological Association writing guidelines telling us how to wipe our asses after taking a shit (complete with prospective, randomized, double-blinded studies on folding vs. bunching the TP)?

(Thanks to the AAFP ListServe, whose comment trail demonstrated far more and funnier sarcasm than I am at liberty to replicate here.)


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