Performance of Urodynamics During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Questionnaire Survey

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Talal Jabbar
Samuel Mills
Richard Simpson
Adam Jones
Iain Campbell
Omar Al-Mula Abed

Abstract

Aims
The principal aim of this multicentre, international cohort study is to explore the safety concerns of clinicians when performing urodynamic studies (UDS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study will also assess provider preference on personal protective equipment (PPE) during UDS and awareness of relevant international guidelines. The outcome is to offer a practical means of reducing the risk of aerosol transmis-sion during UDS, to include a protocol for screening patients, and to consider safer methods of inducing urethral leak-point pressure.



Methods
A 14-point, multiple-response, online questionnaire was designed through Survey Monkey. This was distributed to healthcare workers involved in UDS via email, WhatsApp, and Twitter. This included, of varying experience; urologists, urogynaecologists, clinical nurse specialists, and clinical scientists across the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), Australia, Europe, and Middle-East.
Results
The study was conducted over two weeks and there were 104 responses to the survey. The majority of respondents were consultants (60%) and 73% of respondents performed UDS regularly. There were 56.7% of respondents who felt that UDS was safe to be re-instated and there were 52.8% who did not feel coughing was safe during the procedure. At the time of the survey, 83.5% were unaware of any national or international urological guidelines on the best practice for urodynamics during this era and 52.8% of clinicians stated they would wear PPE during UDS if it were reinstated.


Conclusion
The majority of respondents felt safe to reinstate UDS; however, they felt more official guidance and recommendation is needed. Our proposed protocol can provide a safe and practical approach that keeps healthcare workers and patients safe.


 


 


 

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Jabbar, T., Mills, S., Simpson, R., Jones, A., Campbell, I., & Al-Mula Abed, O. (2020). Performance of Urodynamics During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Questionnaire Survey. Journal of Endoluminal Endourology, 3(3), e13-e21. https://doi.org/10.22374/jeleu.v3i3.93
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Author Biographies

Talal Jabbar, North Bristol NHS Trust

Consultant Urologist

Samuel Mills, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Educational Fellow in Urology

Richard Simpson, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Specialty Registrars

Adam Jones, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Specialty Registrars

Iain Campbell, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Consultant Urologist

Omar Al-Mula Abed, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Consultant Urologist

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