Our ear immunity study has completed 5 years now and we thought it would be a good idea to share with you what we have found.
Over 500 children are enrolled in the study and some children have completely finished. We have done over 6000 nose washes and nose cultures and throat cultures and blood samples. 300 children developed an ear infection where an ear tap was needed. We have had no complications.
We have found that by providing individualized care to the children in the study we have reduced the frequency of ear infections and the need for ear tubes significantly.
We found that 5.9% of children in the study individualized care group compared to 14.4% in children cared for at Legacy but not in the study, and 27.3% in community experienced frequent ear infections. 2.4% in the study individualized care group compared to 6.3% in children cared for at Legacy but not in the study, and 14.8% in community received ear tube surgery. US cost savings if the study individualized care approach were generally applied were calculated to be about $3 billion annually.
We concluded: The study individualized care ear tap and treatment strategy significantly reduces the occurrence of repeated ear infections, the need for ear tube surgery and could be cost-effective.
We hope you find this information useful and will consider encouraging other parents to join our important study.