Programmatic challenges in obtaining and confirming the pneumococcal vaccination status of cochlear implant recipients

Ryan M. Carpenter, Charles J. Limb, Howard W. Francis, Barbara Gottschalk, John K. Niparko

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Abstract

Background: Bacterial meningitis represents a substantial concern for individuals with cochlear implants (CIs). METHODS: Chart review and direct patient and family correspondence to ascertain vaccination status. Intervention: Information dissemination via brochure and electronic media, ongoing reminders of the importance of vaccination when confirmation of vaccination was not received. Results: Marked improvement in vaccination rates ranging from 49% to 99% across different patient populations. Importantly, many patients received their vaccinations only after follow-up reminders. Conclusion: Ensuring optimal vaccination of all CI recipients against high-risk pathogens is a significantly challenging task. Maximizing vaccination rates in CI users will require an ongoing, active effort of information dissemination, documentation of compliance, and well-designed behavioral systems to streamline the pragmatic challenges in vaccination delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1334-1336
Number of pages3
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Challenges
  • Cochlear implants
  • Pneumococcal vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

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