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

Conference Paper

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carpenter, RM; Limb, CJ; Francis, HW; Gottschalk, B; Niparko, JK

Published Date

  • October 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1334 - 1336

PubMed ID

  • 20818284

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-4505

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181f395c0

Conference Location

  • United States