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WVU School of Medicine resident studies recovery time

Created on:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   1:35 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   1:35 PM

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MORGANTOWN — After having their tonsils removed, patients often can’t leave the hospital for six hours, even if they bounce back from surgery sooner. Hospital policy commonly mandates a six-hour recovery time. But research led by Habib Zalzal, a resident in the WVU School of Medicine, suggests that not all tonsillectomy patients have to wait that long.

The project earned him the G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh Research Award for the southern region of the Triological Society, a national society for ear, nose and throat surgeons.

“Our nursing staff always felt that some children could be discharged way before the six-hour arbitrary, mandatory timeframe based on how the kids were doing,” said Hassan Ramadan, a member of Zalzal’s research team and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. “After checking with half a dozen children’s hospitals in our region, none of them had any validated criteria.”