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Background and Objective
Renal obstruction is a common urological emergency potentially requiring urgent decompression by percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) or antegrade ureteric stent (AUrS), procedures performed by interventional radiologists, or retrograde stenting in theatre by a urologist.
The study aimed to assess the burden of PCN / AUrS on the overall workload of a urology department and evaluate impact of procedural delays in terms of bed-occupancy and cost.
The findings serve to explore whether formal PCN / AUrS training would be desirable for UK trainees in urology.
Material and Methods
Prospective study of all patients admitted under urology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) between 20thOctober - 18thNovember 2018.
Electronic records to retrieve data pertaining to admission, treatment provided, length of in-patient stay and delay awaiting PCN / AUrS.
n=148 patients identified.
n=22 (14.8% of total) primary admission reason and/or main treatment provided related to PCN / AUrS.
601 urology in-patient days occupied for all causes, 166 (27.6%) related to PCN / AUrS and 66 (10.9%) awaiting PCN / AUrS (delays cost £11,361 / month).
PCN / AUrS constituted a noteworthy proportion of all admissions and in-patient bed days in QEHB urology.
Clinically non-urgent patients experienced notable cumulative delays whilst awaiting PCN / AUrS which adversely impacted bed occupancy.
A suitably trained urologist competent at PCN / AUrS may positively address these issues.
The findings merit consideration of a call for UK urology trainees to be trained in PCN / AUrS as part of CCT requirements.
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