Evid Based Nurs 4:48 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.2.48
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Docusate sodium with irrigation was better than triethanolamine polypeptide with irrigation for dissolving earwax

Docusate sodium (DS) v triethanolamine polypeptide (TP) for patients presenting to the emergency department*

Outcome DS TP RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Complete visualisation of tympanic membrane (with or without irrigation) 81% 35% 134% (39 to 342) 3 (2 to 6)

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