Objective: To assess the work load of the department in terms of individual disease.
Study Design: Descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted at Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department of Shaikh Khalifa Bin ZayedAl Nahyan, Hospital Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Muzaffarabad from Jan 2011 to Jan 2012.
Material and Methods: Total of 710 patients was admitted in ENT ward in one-year duration for various pathologies. For easy analysis, they were divided into groups according to the region involved by disease.
Results: Two hundred and eighty-five cases (40.14%) were admitted with pathologies of nose and para nasal sinuses making the highest percentage among the groups. The second major group was otology comprising of one hundred and fifty-six (21.97%) cases. One hundred and three (14.50%) cases were from pathologies in oral cavity. Thirty (4.22%) cases from skull base, thirty (4.22%) pathologies of larynx, trachea and bronchi, forty (5.63%) cases were from hypopharynx and esophagus, twenty-four (3.38%) cases were from salivary gland pathologies. Twenty-one (2.95%) cases were from neck region. Tumors were 4(0.56%) and neurological cases were 11 (1.54%) of the total number of cases.
Conclusion: Self-analysis/ audit at departmental level greatly enhances the working efficiency of a department and is essential for betterment of the patient and education of trainees as one gets a fair idea about the prevalence of disease in a community and can thus direct the resources accordingly.
Keywords : Analysis, Head and neck surgery.