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Insurance status as a risk factor for foreign body ingestion or aspiration.

Authors
  • Arjmand, E M
  • Muntz, H R
  • Stratmann, S L
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 18, 1997
Volume
42
Issue
1
Pages
25–29
Identifiers
PMID: 9477350
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Insurance status must be considered as a risk factor for foreign body aspiration and ingestion. Preschool children are more likely to lack private health insurance than school-age children with the same diagnosis. In a majority of aspiration events, the child was being fed the inappropriate food item, perhaps indicating a lack of caretaker education and anticipatory guidance. A direct focus on 'passive protection', anticipatory guidance in clinics for all patients, and public education with emphasis on preventive care are proposed as means to decrease the incidence of airway and esophageal foreign bodies in children.

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