Ear Tube Drainage Research Study – 2012

Does your child have ear tubes? Have you noticed drainage from the ear tube? Is your child generally healthy?

He or she may qualify for a study that evaluates ear tube drainage and healthy bacteria in the ear, nose and throat.

Qualified participants will receive:

  • Evaluation of the ear tubes by a Utah Ear, Nose and Throat doctor
  • The option to participate in a research study; the results may allow continued treatment for children in the future
  • Reimbursement for time and travel spent for scheduled office visits

About the Ear Tube Drainage Research Study

Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide public health problem. It occurs when an antibiotic no longer kills strains of bacteria that it previously did. Ear infections are the primary reason antibiotics are prescribed to children. Like all other infection treatments, there is concern about antibiotics facilitating the development of resistant bacteria. Although this has not been seen to date, Alcon and the Ear, Nose and Throat Center want to look closely at this issue.

Consequently, the Ear, Nose and Throat Center is participating in a clinical study that evaluates bacteria from ears, nose and throats in healthy children. The results from healthy children will be compared to the results from children with infected ears. Your participation will help answer an important scientific question in the effort to keep antibiotics safe.

CONTACT HOLLY FEATHERSTONE AT 801-328-2522 TO LEARN ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE STUDY

Purpose of the Ear Tube Drainage Research Study

The Ear Tube study involves healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 5-years-old who have ear tubes in one or both ears to safely contribute data to help those who need treatment.

Ear Tube Drainage Research Study Details

Study participants must meet the following requirements:

  • 6-months up to 5-years-old
  • Tube(s) in their ear(s)
  • Experiencing ear drainage

Requirements During Study

Once accepted into the study, all participants must:

  • Visit our clinic 3 times over 6 weeks
  • Use ear plugs when swimming (ear plugs provided at no cost)
  • Be wiped with a sterile swab to collect microbial specimens from the ears, nostrils, throat and skin one-inch below each ear lobe

Duration of Study

The study lasts six weeks. There are three scheduled office visits during the 6-week study period. Eligible participants will receive (at no cost):

  • Evaluation of the ear tubes by a ENT doctor
  • The option to participate in a research study; the results may allow continued treatment for children in the future
  • Reimbursement for time and travel spent for scheduled office visits
  • If you need to see another doctor while in the clinical study, please notify the research coordinators, nurses or doctors. Please inform the providers if medication is prescribed.

Protecting Study Participants and Withdrawal from Study

Your privacy is our priority. Researchers and study administrators must follow strict rules to protect the safety of study participants. Participation is voluntary and a participant may withdraw, or a parent/guardian may decide to withdraw their child from the study at any time, for any reason. We ask that any participants who withdraw notify the research coordinators, nurses or doctors of their decision to withdraw.

Contact Holly Featherstone with Questions

If you have questions about the investigational medication or about the study in general, please contact Holly Featherstone at 801-328-2522. She will be happy to answer your questions.

Learn About Clinical Trials

Medical research stories and clinical trials are a scientific way to test new investigational medicines, procedures and treatments for specific conditions. Read our article What is a Clinical Trial to learn more about how you can participate in clinical trials.

See: Current Ear, Nose and Throat Center Clinical Trials

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