Improved techniques in otolaryngology have occurred in the inpatient as well as the outpatient arena involving procedures such as skin grafts used in reconstructive surgery and neuro-otology - the combination of neurology and otology.

In otolaryngology, the delivery of services can be particularly advantageous in a specialty facility. Otolaryngologists practicing at a general acute-care hospital must compete for time in the operating room against general surgeons and surgical subspecialists who often treat patients with more life-threatening conditions than those of the otolaryngologists. Consequently, the availability of the Infirmary's operating rooms, the specialized equipment it possesses to treat otolaryngologic cases, and the specialized expertise of its medical and professional support staff permit it to meet the ongoing demand for complex inpatient otolaryngologic cases.

The Department of Otolaryngology provides primary, secondary and tertiary services. Initial screening and diagnosis of many otolaryngologic disorders are performed by the General ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Service.

If appropriate, patients are then referred to subspecialty services for further care. The subspecialty services have been established to provide a clinical focus for patient care, to serve as a catalyst for developing new technologies applicable to subspecialty problems, to encourage clinical research, and to improve clinical training in the broad field of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.

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