Objective: To study the outcome of using Improvised ventilating nasal packs compared with Vaseline gauze packs in nasal surgery.
Study Design: Acomparative study.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of ENT, Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, from July 2011 to December 2012.
Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty patients undergoing nasal surgery were divided into two groups of sixty each. After surgery, Group A was packed with Improvised Ventilating nasal packs and Group B with Vaseline gauze nasal packs. Effects of nasal packs in both the groups were studied and compared in terms of control of bleeding, comfort level while in place, and discomfort level while packs were being removed.
Results: Patient comfort level was significantly better in Group A as compared to Group B, while there was no significant difference in post operative bleeding control among the two groups. Discomfort level while packs were being removed, was also similar among the two groups.
Conclusion: Ventilating nasal packs provide a better alternative to conventional nasal packs in terms of patient comfort after nasal surgery, while they are as good in providing bleeding control.
Improvised nasal packs, nasal packing, ventilating nasal packs.